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Cultural Appropriation

article Homage or Theft? Carolina Herrera Called Out by Mexican Minister (6/13/2019)
(New York) -- The stakes in the current debate around fashion, cultural appropriation and racism, in which a variety of brands from Gucci to H & M have been called...
article Finding the Beauty in Cultural Appropriation (4/20/2019)
(New York) -- “What beautiful cultural appropriation!” I turned in my seat to look at the fashion editor nodding in approval next to me at Lagos Fashion Week...
article Cultural appropriation is one of fashion’s biggest problems (4/8/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Cultural appropriation is currently a prominent topic of conversation within the industry. While some brands are called out by the public and share...
press release Cultural And Intellectual Property Appropriation: Disputes Over Culturally-Inspired Fashions (2/14/2019)
(USA) -- If you haven't heard already, New York Fashion Week is here! As usual, a lineup of awe-inspiring shows is expected to roll out over the next several days,...
article 5 charged in sale of fake Native American goods (2/1/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Authorities say five men and two New Mexico businesses raked in millions of dollars as they peddled faux Native American goods from a factory in the...
article Kate Middleton's favourite boho designer Alice Temperley is accused of cultural appropriation after she and and her father don Native American headdresses (12/5/2018)
(London) -- The Duchess of Cambridge's favourite boho designer Alice Temperley has kicked up a sartorial storm by declaring it is just fine and dandy to wear Native...
article Every Time People Accused the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show of Cultural Appropriation (11/7/2018)
(USA) -- The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is barely more than 24 hours away and, while we can’t wait to see all of our favorite models hit the stage, it...
article Op-Ed: Stop Buying "Native Inspired" Designs (7/25/2018)
(USA) -- When graphic designer Vernan Kee received an invitation to the winter Outdoor Retailer market in January 2017, he jumped at the chance to attend, hoping the...
article Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto panel talks cultural appropriation (6/24/2018)
(Ontario) -- Earlier this month, some of the world's top Indigenous fashion designers shared their collections at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.
article Designer Zuhair Murad criticised for cultural appropriation (1/29/2018)
(UK) -- Fashion designer Zuhair Murad has been criticised for cultural appropriation during the catwalk for his spring/summer 2018 collection. Models were spotted...
article Did Designer Zuhair Murad Just Appropriate Indigenous Cultures? (1/25/2018)
(Paris) -- First racism. Now appropriation. Turns out Couture Fashion Week is just as filled with scandal and controversy as it is with impeccably crafted gowns. On...
article The delicate art of cultural appropriation in design (1/20/2018)
(Indian Country) -- There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the appropriation of material culture by fashion designers – brands using the cultural...
article MORON ALERT: Victoria’s Secret does it again: Cultural appropriation (11/27/2017)
(China) -- Much as artists, musicians and writers are influenced by the world around them, so too are fashion designers. The fashion industry has a long history of...
article Victoria's Secret Appropriates Indigenous Culture, Yet Again, In Fashion Show (11/22/2017)
(China) -- If you've been confused about when it's appropriate to wear an Indigenous-inspired feathered headdress as a fashion statement and you're not, in...
article Number of Indigenous art 'knock-offs' for sale in Yellowknife shocks Dene designer (6/5/2017)
(North Canada) -- A Dene fashion designer from Lutselk'e, N.W.T., is appalled by the number of what she calls Indigenous art "knock-offs" for sale in...
article BLOG: Valentino didn’t learn anything. (3/23/2017)
(Rhode Island) -- A couple days ago I went to a TJ Maxx in Massachusetts, and my sister and I were oo-ing and ahh-ing over some gorgeous studded Valentino heels. I...
article Wear Now: Alanui's Native-American inspired cashmere cardigan (2/24/2017)
(UK) -- When summer is still a distant prospect and hibernation isn’t an option, reaching for the chicest knitwear you can find is the next best thing. Step...
article From New York, to Paris, to D.C.: Native American fashion gains ground, in spite of stolen designs (2/18/2017)
(New York) -- As Fashion Week came to a close in New York on Wednesday, there were a few new designers showing just under the wire, and they weren’t run of the...
article Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation (2/18/2017)
(Florida) -- Beginning Friday, the New York branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host the exhibit Native Fashion Now, a traveling...
article Fashion's Appropriation of Navajo Culture Has Been Deemed Legal (7/15/2016)
(USA) -- This week, The Fashion Law reported that Urban Outfitters has won the most recent round of the trademark case filed against them by the Navajo Nation back in...
article Navajo Nation Designer: Support Us, Not Racist Urban Outfitters (5/23/2016)
(Arizona) -- OxDx, a brand from Arizona run by a member of the Navajo Nation, makes clothing that deals with Native issues and is a brand worth supporting.
article MAC Cosmetics Says New Summer Collection Isn’t Appropriating Native American Culture (5/9/2016)
(USA) -- MAC Cosmetics recently released its new summer collection, called Vibe Tribe, and supposedly it's an ode to summer-music-festival fashions and colors. But...
article MORON ALERT: Dsquared2 apologizes to indigenous peoples for '.dsquaw' collection (2/26/2016)
(Canada) -- The company chosen to design Team Canada's Olympic clothing has sent a letter to CBC North apologizing to indigenous peoples of Canada for a collection...
article Rebecca Taylor Inexplicably Releases ‘Navajo’ Collection (1/20/2016)
(New York) -- Did Rebecca Taylor just pull an Urban Outfitters? The New York-based designer has launched a "Navajo" collection featuring pieces with intricate...
article Inuit shaman parka 'copied' by KTZ design well-studied by anthropologists (12/2/2015)
(Canada) -- An Inuit shaman's parka copied by KTZ, a U.K. design label, has been the subject of study for generations and is considered by experts as the "most...
article Here's What Native American Designers Want You to Know About Cultural Appropriation (12/2/2015)
(Indian Country) -- You don't have to search hard to find what looks like "Native American" fashion. But the truth is the indigenous communities that are...
article KTZ apology for copying sacred Inuit robe 'bittersweet' (11/27/2015)
(North Canada) -- A Nunavut woman whose great-grandfather's sacred shaman robe was copied without consent by U.K.-based fashion label KTZ, says an email apology...
article Canadian retailer pulls 'stolen' sacred Inuit design from stores (11/26/2015)
(Canada) -- It's a sacred Inuit parka that has been copied and sold for big bucks by a European fashion label. On Wednesday, As It Happens spoke to Salome Awa, the...
article KTZ fashion under fire for using Inuit design without family's consent (11/26/2015)
(North Canada) -- The U.K.-based fashion label KTZ's fall 2015 men's collection includes a number of garments based on traditional Inuit designs and a sweater...
article Who You're Insulting When You Buy "Native American"-Inspired Things (11/25/2015)
(USA) -- When fashion people talk about “Navajo,” it’s an unfortunate thing that they’re probably not talking about Navajo people. They're...
article DON’T STEAL THIS: A Story of Appropriation (10/19/2015)
(Canada) -- “I love the jewelry so much, I married the jewelry,” Konwatsitsa:wi Meloche said, laughing. She held up a buckle with inlaid turquoise, coral and...
article 5 Items Fashion Loves to Steal From Native American Culture (8/17/2015)
(Worldwide) -- Just when you thought the fashion industry had gotten the memo that Native American headdresses aren't a trend, Topshop goes and introduces its "...
32 Total Articles on this Issue

Wind River

article Sister act: Artists Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves (4/12/2019)
(Wyoming) -- Born on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming in the early 1970s, Kiowa sisters Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves grew to become innovators in their respective...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Style show features Cherokee on-contact dress (11/14/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Samantha Good Eagle wore a jingle dress, which is heavy because of the metal jingles. She also had buckskin leggings on. Bird shared that as told to her by...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo designer plans annual fashion show this weekend at museum (3/31/2018)
(New Mexico) -- Freshly returned from trips to Australia and Denver, Navajo designer Jolonzo Goldtooth will showcase his latest fashion line during the third annual...
article Bold colors, eye-catching patterns at Utah fair Elder Fest (11/6/2017)
(Utah) -- Even though the Diné traditional style is fading away, it stood out through bold colors, vintage or handmade items and eye-catching patterns at the Elder Fest...
article Feds announce $62 million for Navajo water pipeline (9/15/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Department of Interior says it's awarded a nearly $62 million contract for construction of a water pipeline between two northwestern New...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Hard Rock

article South Asian Fashion Week debuts in Metro Vancouver (2/21/2018)
(British Columbia) -- Coming this March, rich fabrics and intricate designs will dominate the runway at the first South Asian Fashion Week. From March 2 to 4 at the Hard...
press release Hard Rock Releases City-Specific Apparel Online For First Time Ever (4/4/2017)
(Florida) -- Hard Rock is rolling out its retro city-themed apparel online to remind fans of that special Hard Rock moment from the past. Originally, the city-specific...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Payday Loans

article Judge Denies Stay To Tribal Lending Cos. In CFPB Probe [sub req] (7/10/2017)
(California) -- A California federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by tribal lending companies to halt civil investigative demands by the Consumer Financial Protection...
1 Article on this Issue

Alaska Native Corporations

article Inuit Designers Revive Sealskin Fashion, Celebrate ‘National Seal Products Day,’ May 20 (5/21/2017)
(Alaska) -- Sealskin fashion has claimed its place in haute couture. Once simply an essential winter wardrobe material in the icy cold of Northern Canada, today Inuit...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Fashion Steps Up at Standing Rock (12/2/2016)
(New York) -- Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of the independent, critically acclaimed fashion label Pyer Moss, planned to attend more than a dozen events at Art Basel...
article American Indian designer creates clothing to support Standing Rock (10/4/2016)
(California) -- Bethany Yellowtail doesn't usually design hoodies and T-shirts. Yet when the L.A.-based clothing designer saw the widespread involvement of tribes...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

San Manuel Tribe

article Meet The Perfect Pair, One of Instagram's Most Extravagant Sneakerheads (2/25/2016)
(California) -- There are few personalities bigger than Kenny Gonzales in Instagram's sneaker scene, and that’s not just because he’s a 6’4”...
1 Article on this Issue

Wynn Resorts

article The Creative Force Behind Wynn Resorts’ Ready-to-Wear-Quality Uniforms (12/2/2015)
(Las Vegas) -- Hedy Woodrow possesses the type of style, confidence and poise that can captivate a room. These are also the qualities that the senior vice president of...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article Regina fashion show puts spotlight on missing and murdered indigenous women (10/23/2015)
(Saskatchewan) -- A Regina fashion show is putting the subject of missing and murdered indigenous women in the spotlight. Fashion Speaks Saskatchewan is not only...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article At the Santa Fe Indian Market, Tradition and Innovation Collide (8/22/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The Santa Fe Indian Market in New Mexico has served as a creative hub for indigenous artists from a variety of tribes across North America to sell their...
article Former Emporian to make waves at NY Fashion Week (8/10/2019)
(New York) -- A former Emporian is preparing to make a big impact on the world of fashion.Hazel Haggard Stabler, who now lives in Wichita, will show her Buffalo Hunt...
article SWAIA Fashion Designer Spotlight: Decontie & Brown (8/10/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Who: Jason K. Brown (Penobscot) and Donna Decontie-Brown (Penobscot/Algonquin) What: Decontie & BrownWeb: www.decontiebrown.com The line: “Our...
article Native American fashion show highlights traditional clothing (7/31/2019)
(Montana) -- Della Big Hair-Stump remembers growing up and watching her grandparents and mother beading and sewing at the dining room table. She traveled to powwows...
article Oregon Native designers celebrate heritage, counter mass fashion (7/21/2019)
(Oregon) -- Sydelle Harrison visits the Pendleton Woolen Mills almost every time she goes home. As a clothing designer, she is constantly looking for new blankets and...
article CSU hosts prominent Native designer’s first-ever solo exhibition at the Avenir Museum (7/16/2019)
(Colorado) -- When Orlando Dugi was growing up in northern Arizona, he would intently watch his Navajo grandmother doing traditional beadwork. Before long he picked up...
article Native designer says brand gives him freedom to create and express (7/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- Aconav, a Native American fashion brand, has taken the fashion world by storm showing that Native Americans can be successful in the world of fashion....
article Patricia Michaels has weathered ups, downs in life and fashion (7/14/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Fashion designer Patricia Michaels has stood atop the world and has also been crushed beneath it many times in her life. Right now, she said, is a...
article BLOG: Native Identity—Not a Trendy Accessory (7/11/2019)
(Indian Country) -- On my daily Metro commute to work, I tend to listen to music or read. One recent morning, I sat behind two women chatting about a trip that one was...
article American-grown fashionable flowers on display: See Oregon's floral portrait (6/30/2019)
(Oregon) -- There’s so much we don’t know about florists. People who handle flowers for a living -- which also includes seed and bulb producers, growers,...
article Wichitan’s Native American-inspired clothing to be featured at New York Fashion Week (6/24/2019)
(New York) -- Hazel Stabler is ready to make her national debut – and in the process, make a little history. Both as a Kansan. And, as a Native American. Stabler,...
article 'Pure love on the dance floor': Celebrating the jingle dress tradition (6/17/2019)
(Minnesota) -- You can hear Mikah Whitecloud Hart coming from a long way away. She's a jingle dress dancer, one of a group of women who parade in subtle rhythm at...
article Minnesota Maker: Delina White's Native fashions are a runway hit (6/14/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Delina White’s designs use traditional Ojibwe beadwork to express modern-day ideas. “Our skirts are like canvasses, or platforms, that say...
article How Ralph Lauren Just Vowed to Tackle Two of Fashion’s Biggest Issues (6/12/2019)
(New York) -- Two of the most critical issues facing fashion firms right now are arguably sustainability and diversity — and Ralph Lauren Corp. is pledging to...
article 7 Indigenous Designers Redefining Traditional Accessories (6/12/2019)
(New York) -- I was born and raised on Six Nations, Canada’s largest First Nations reserve. Yet, I don’t speak the languages of my ancestors. Unlike many of...
article Local Native American designer’s dress wows Tony Awards (6/12/2019)
(Arizona) -- Arizona had a presence in more ways than one at this year’s Tony Awards. Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director at ASU Gammage and ASUs...
article 'Proud to wear it': PhD student earns Trudeau foundation grant to study Indigenous clothing (6/1/2019)
(Thunder Bay) -- The question of what to wear has earned Riley Kucheran, a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, formerly known as the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation...
article Former foster kids reclaim Indigenous culture through fashion (5/14/2019)
(British Columbia) -- A group of Indigenous youth from British Columbia is taking their high-fashion designs down under. The ten youth, who were all formerly in the...
article "A Lot of Our Traditional Clothing, We Had to Fight to Keep"—Fashion Designer Norma Baker–Flying Horse (3/29/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Norma Baker–Flying Horse shares what inspires her, who she designs for, and advice from her grandmother that has worked pretty well so far....
article Oh give me a home fashion show highlighting tribes lack of federal recognition (3/20/2019)
(Montana) -- It's the official start of Western Art Week, and while we tend to think of paintings during this time. One artist is showing us the fashion side with a...

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