Vanity Fair's "Favorite" Halloween Costumes
the band Arcade Fire held a surprise Halloween show and Vanity Fair picked its "favorite" costumes. It labeled this picture "The Indian."
Since this was (probably) a white girl dressed as a phony Indian, Reese tweeted a comment to Vanity Fair. The magazine responded by relabeling the picture "Feathers."
As Reese noted:
That the photograph made its way onto a list of "favorite" costumes tells me that some people at Vanity Fair, a magazine I subscribe to, are clueless about this issue. That's a bit surprising to me, especially given the coverage of fashion designers who have been called out for appropriation of Native intellectual property. Native Appropriations has been doing an excellent job of documenting the fashion industry's appropriation (click here to get a list of posts Adrienne has done on this topic). Paul Frank responded to criticism of a fashion event by working with Native designers.