Victoria’s Secret does it again: Cultural appropriation

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 finding inspiration in the work of other designers and modifying them. But they also seek out creative ideas elsewhere, and often incorporate elements of cultures from around the world. In most cases this …

A guide: Think before you appropriate

It’s rare that a few months go by without a well-publicized incident of cultural appropriation. Often this concerns Indigenous cultural heritage, which is not protected by standard legal measures. Last week’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai featured models wearing Indigenous inspired regalia, including feathered headdresses. That this elicited charges of cultural appropriation is not surprising. What …