Cultural appropriation also plays a part in borrowing. this is a model walking for Valentino's S/S16 collection, clearly inspired by traditional african culture. is it appropriate to borrow this style and apply it to commercial clothing worn by westerners? the debate is never ending, even I am unsure what to think. A lot of meaning and care goes behind making the traditional wear in african culture, it's spiritual and religious and is easily stolen by a high-fashion brand. On the other hand large amounts of money and care go into the mass production of these collections, and maybe customers will buy these clothes appreciating the original meaning behind the original style of african clothing. Maybe they appreciate it so much they want to be a part of it even if that means buying into commercial fashion brands that borrowed the style and made it their own for their own benefit.

© Alexander N Komarov-Reinisch, all rights reserved