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Lauren Chief Elk is a writer and commentator and shares Keene’s frustration.
“These designs are important and personal, not a fad.
When is it OK for someone’s cultural heritage to become a seasonal trend to grace the catwalks of New York, Milan and London?
Fashion house KTZ has outraged indigenous people with designs that some in the community say, have crossed the line when it comes to “borrowing” from Native American culture.
This is vandalism.” “I know and respect Bethany and felt her pain and anger,” she says.
“The idea that you can bulldoze and take, that it’s up for grabs is upsetting.
For his spring/summer 2014 show, Paul Smith models strutted down the catwalk in The Robert, sandals that cost around 0 from the British designer menswear store.
But if you lived in Peshawar, Pakistan where the sandals, commonly called chappals originate, then it would cost you around in any flea market (minus the neon pink line Smith’s chappals have).
It seems that KTZ may have tapped on a nerve of a community that have, in their history, faced exploitation and persecution and this, say commentators like Keene and Chief Elk, is what’s causing the most offense.
Instances of culture being assimilated into designers collections are numerous, sometimes tastefully done and other times more brazenly so.
Urban Outfitters is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the Navajo Nation because the alleged breach of The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.
Bethany’s designs are from the Crow people,” an indigenous tribe whose territory spanned from Wyoming to North Dakota, and who now are a part of the federally-recognized Crow Tribe of Montana.
Bethany’s prints and designs are “directly handed down in her family line” says Chief Elk.