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So, what’s the deal with fashion and cultural appropriation?

Over the last few months, the term ‘cultural appropriation’ has appeared increasingly more often on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds. They accompany other words and images that convey an incredibly strong sentiment of rage. The people behind these posts are angry. But some of their followers or ‘friends’ just don’t get what they’re going on about exactly. “I hear it has something to do with race”. “What’s wrong with wearing a bindi or liking a pic of a girl with her hair in braids?” Now, on the surface these types of comments and questions are not necessarily ill-willed. However, they do show that this issue of cultural appropriation needs clarifying. Here, I attempt to demystify and explain. The fashion industry could not survive without diversity. For centuries, it has been common practice for designers to borrow elements of style, whether it be the use of colour, patterns and motifs, embellishments, the way a piece of apparel is cut or accessorised, from a variety of different countries and cultures across the world. A mix and …