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Below is the link to an interesting article from TIME magazine written by Susan Scafidi, "a professor at Fordham Law School, founder of the nonprofit Fashion Law Institute, and the author of Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law"

It's about the fine line between inspiration and appropriation, taking as its jumping off point the recent Pharell faux pas.

http://time.com/2840461/pharrell-nat...Top+Stories%29

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Cultural Appropriation At Anna Sui New York Fashion Week Show

FEBRUARY 18, 2015 - Anna Sui presented her Fall/Winter 2015 Collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, and the show seemed to use traditional Inuit facial tattoos:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/margscrawf/c...ypes=og.shares

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A.P.C. Founder, Jean Touitou, Uses The N-Word To Describe Latest Collection
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/0...n_6559556.html

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On DSquared2’s Racist and Extraordinarily Offensive FW15 Line “DSquaw”

http://themuse.jezebel.com/on-dsquar...ium=socialflow

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One chooses to be offended. End of story.

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Um, no. One chooses to be ignorant about other cultures and use it as they see fit for what they want. People have the right to be offended by a lot of this stuff. It's wrapped in a huge disregard for the actual people of that culture, a lot of the time. It's not about people being 'sensitive', it's about how too many designers just take things from different cultures and exploit it. I mean, it's 2015 and we still see the occasional blackface in magazines iron the runway. Why? Something like that is highly offensive and there's no way around it. Just don't do it.
I think cultural influences are fine. There's a difference from influence and from straight up cultural appropriation. I guess, it's a very fine line, though.


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i don't think that sort of postmodern relativism or individualism - i.e., it's up to the viewer whether he or she is offended - works when it comes to an entire culture. it's more complex than that. using the word "squaw" alone could be deemed offensive since it was a word used by white colonizers to describe aboriginal women. it's derisive. these 2 designers - being from canada - should know that, imo, and thus should be very careful about their wording and their inspirations, not to mention from where they get (or take?) their ideas.

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