A bit of a hoo-ha over cultural appropriation in fashion

A bit of a hoo-ha over cultural appropriation in fashion

Hello! I’m back from holiday and had a wonderful time exploring the Acropolis and other ancient remains and ruins around Greece and Albania and have come home full of inspiration. Three new goddess dresses influenced in design by ancient Greek attire will be appearing in the Threads of a Fairytale shop very soon – one in pink, one gold, and one in a mottled green and grey – all pure silk chiffon. I will continue to be inspired by religions and cultures from all around the world; ancient and modern, because that’s the way art grows, develops and nourishes one’s soul and interest. The term “cultural appropriation” seems to be more in fashion than fashion itself at the moment, and there’s a bit of a hoo-ha going on over at my personal blog in the comments of a post I wrote in May last year, entitled OSHUN – THE STORY OF MY CLOTHING BRAND, AND THE YELLOW DRESS INSPIRED BY BEYONCE’S IN LEMONADE.

If you’re a regular visitor to this page, you’ll know that I changed my clothing business name from Oshun to Threads of a Fairytale a couple of months ago and explained my reasons here. And no, the change had nothing to do with cultural appropriation because I’m sorry, I simply don’t agree that it’s a problem here. I’m currently working on quite a long blog post to reply to all the comments and to give my point of view to the subject in detail because I don’t want it to be misconstrued.  (edit: my blog post entitled Cultural Appropriation in Fashion. Does it really matter? has now been finished). We have been influenced by our neighbours of all colours and heritage since time began and I think that’s a wonderful thing. Segregating oneself and not allowing this to happen comes from a place of ego, not from a place of good.

Anyway, I just thought I’d make a little statement here so that those of you who aren’t happy with me at the moment know I’m not ignoring you, I’m just taking a couple of days to word my response carefully for my blog, When I Grow Up, and debate can continue over there. This here is my Threads of a Fairytale page about my business of fashion in all its frivolity and I will not be approving any negative comments here.

Ase Ire; Namaste; Peace; Have a good day! x

2 thoughts on “A bit of a hoo-ha over cultural appropriation in fashion

  1. Zeita Buffy art Levin

    Hi I love your clothing and you complemented Oshun and Beyoncé by getting inspiration from her dress , I don’t know why people would have an issue with this you’re a creative artist.
    I get inspiration from you and your clothing you design and take an idea or two from what you do and incorporate them into my designs, I have been designing and sewing my creations since I was a young teenager and am constantly looking for a bit of inspiration .
    I have saved and watch your sewing over and over as you are such a natural at creating beautiful clothing.
    Freedom is our Devine right in our lives, there’s always going to be someone who has issues for one reason or another, keep Happy and carry on.❣🌈🌅

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