In Case You’ve Ever Wanted To See Tom Ford In A Headdress…

The fashion industry is in the midst of what may or may not be a one-sided love affair (also known as a crush, perhaps) with Native American tradition and dress. First fringe, feathers, and headdresses stormed the catwalks, then both magazines and popstars embraced the trend, and finally TopShop sent their buyers on a Native American field trip. Which brings us to Tom Ford, the most recent fashion luminary to appropriate the headdress as a fashion-forward accessory.

Ford and the headdress appear in the December issue of Vogue Paris, which the designer guest-edited. And while sure, Tom Ford looks good — has the man ever looked bad? — our concern stems from the fact that the more fashion appropriates the “accessories” of what is a culture rich with history and strife, the more those “accessories” lose their meaning. Take, for example, a recent comment on The Fashion Spot with regards to Ford’s headdress.

And damn i hate the fact Tom’s using a native-american-head-piece … i wanted to wear one for a future costume party, now all the fashion-magazines-readers-suckers will think i wanted to copy him.
damn damn damn !
and seriously that’s VERY John Galliano of him to wear that thing !

No offense to Galliano, but when he becomes the context for which we view American Indian headdresses, there’s a problem. What do you think?

[Image via HuffPost Style.]

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