The ongoing debate about cultural appropriation is more relevant now than ever. Not infrequently, the fashion system exploits the cultural elements of racialized groups of people under the pretense of an innocent “inspiration.” Yet this exploitation continues the legacy of long-term, systemic violence of colonialism. This selection offers an initiation into this complicated subject and some easy steps to break the violent cycle of cultural appropriation.

(Be sure to check out our earlier reading list on this subject, too.)

a white woman wears a headband and dress of multicolored stripes

Dress from Carolina Herrera’s Resort 2020 collection with a striped pattern resembling those typically seen in sarapes from Saltillo, Mexico. Carolina Herrera,⁠