Chanel Métiers d’Art 2014: OH HELL NO
Yes, those are Chanel branded feathers in their hair and “war paint” and pretty much every form of appropriation of the indigenous cultures there could possibly be.
Chanel LMd’A shows always have a “country” theme from Scotland to Russia to Singapore.
Indigenous American cultures are frequently appropriated from turquoise jewellery to feathers and fringe. To create a cowboys and “Indians” theme, to celebrate something so destructive is completely out of line with celebration of couturiers that this show is about. LMd’A celebrates creation. ‘Cowboys vs “Indians”’ is about the destruction of Native cultures.
This year’s theme was “Dallas”. There were some great cowboy clothes and Texas inspired wear but “Texas” is a thriving culture. Drawing inspiration from America is perfectly legitimate for European fashion houses.
Dressing models up in feathers and fringe is appropriation of a culture that has been the target of a tidal wave of white backed genocide fo 500 years. It’s bullshit and these “fashions” are another example in a long history of appropriation and erasure of indigenous American cultures.