There's no way around it. This is happening. It's at the point where 'minority' cultures are calling out other another 'minority.
Are you worried about it yet? Have you ever thought 'but surely I don't do it?' You may even be tempted to explore the ancient hairstyles of sub-Germanic Europe to find a Western Civ example of dreadlocks to say 'yeah but...'
'Yeah but the ravers and the goths use colorful yarn braids.'
'Yeah but Jewish people have a fro too.'
Is it possible to showcase the beauty of another culture while not originating from it? Can Bindi be worn if the significance of the choice is known? Do we need brochures now at Fashion Week explaining the historical significance of the inspirational origins?
We all have phones. Instagram is apparently a thing. Why can't another layer of education be added to the visually stunning creations? How cool would it be to have a notification sent to your phone while reading the September issue of Vogue asking if you would like to learn more about the history of the Day of the Dead? (see how easy that was?)
It's one thing to scream about appropriation. Clap back. Stay woke. Pride vs. Culture. ALL OF THIS. Welcome to the human race. Reality time: appropriation is not going away. We are a fickle tribal species since we crawled out of the ooze and we're still trying to evolve. Don't ignore it by any means: acknowledgment of it is still important. The backlash over the Marc Jacobs show did cause him to reflect on going outside his fashion bubble. Instead of shaming, try celebrating. Use creativity as an opportunity to educate. New York Fashion Week is approaching; if you are lucky enough to design a show, take a moment and learn the history of the inspiration. Post a fun fact on those behind-the-scenes Insta stories along with #appreciationnotappropriation.
special thanks to @candance_crockett