We’ve warned the fashion industry many times over that cultural appropriation is never a good idea, but it just never seems to listen. Perhaps, Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck’s latest offering will have a stronger ripple affect.
During his latest menswear show earlier today, Beirendonck sent a model out wearing a giant feather headdress, complete with a middle finger and “STOP RACISM” written in red paint across it.
Given the controversy surrounding the Native American headdress that hit the runway at Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in Dallas, it might seem like a direct attack on the famed French fashion house, and — gasp — maybe even Karl Lagerfeld himself. However, we suspect Beirendonck is calling out every designer who has ever made light of another culture’s traditions and demanding they get their ethics up to code. For fashion’s sake, at least.
Damn, look at Walter Van Beirendonck calling fashion out on those racist headdresses.
Damn, look at Walter Van Beirendonck calling fashion out on those racist headdresses. pic.twitter.com/AoiAU3MVe2
— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) January 15, 2014