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angry brown thoughts
This is a side by side comparison of the cultural appropriation of South Asian culture through the fashion world. On the left you have an Alexander McQueen piece and on the right you have your typical South Asian head jewelery. There is nothing wrong with this except the fact that for 1000s of years South Asians have been donning these sorts of jewelry and clothing, but have never gotten any recognition by the world of fashion. When the culture is appropriated however molded to fit the perceptions of Western romanticism of “Orient” cultures and worn by white individuals suddenly our culture has become fashionable, trendy, and what determines style for this season. Bottom line when a dark skinned individual wears fashions of their culture it is nothing but ordinary, when it is “designed” (and i use this term lightly), marketed, and worn by white individuals it becomes the new “it” thing.
I just hope one day we don’t look at the artifacts of our culture and are no longer able to connect it with the generations of history and art of South Asian culture, because it has become so appropriated and capitalized; we no longer even see it as ours.

This is a side by side comparison of the cultural appropriation of South Asian culture through the fashion world. On the left you have an Alexander McQueen piece and on the right you have your typical South Asian head jewelery. There is nothing wrong with this except the fact that for 1000s of years South Asians have been donning these sorts of jewelry and clothing, but have never gotten any recognition by the world of fashion. When the culture is appropriated however molded to fit the perceptions of Western romanticism of “Orient” cultures and worn by white individuals suddenly our culture has become fashionable, trendy, and what determines style for this season. Bottom line when a dark skinned individual wears fashions of their culture it is nothing but ordinary, when it is “designed” (and i use this term lightly), marketed, and worn by white individuals it becomes the new “it” thing.

I just hope one day we don’t look at the artifacts of our culture and are no longer able to connect it with the generations of history and art of South Asian culture, because it has become so appropriated and capitalized; we no longer even see it as ours.

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    best appropriation example yet.
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    The piece on the left looks horrible to me, just awkward and inauthentic. When you compare it to the real thing it just...
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    GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!
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