This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Fashion should push limits without disrespecting sacred objects.
The winner of the last duel on Internet filters was Laila Yuile with 62%.
This week’s topic:
Did H&M do the right thing in pulling faux feather headdresses off the market in Canada?
Shopping with her daughter in a Vancouver mall recently, an Ojibwa-Mohawk woman named Kim Wheeler from Winnipeg came across a product in an H&M store that offended her.
In among the accessories — destined to be worn by trendy young women this summer — were headdresses with coloured faux feathers in pink, purple and pastel green. Stunned, Wheeler took a photo of the product and attached it to her email to H&M customer service. Six days later, H&M removed the headdress accessories from its shelves across Canada, and the chain’s summer fashion line was left with one less item.
Total number of complaints received? Three — not including Wheeler’s. But I think H&M did the right thing.
Why? Because many people who are offended never complain – they just don’t buy.
Cultural issues aside, let’s address the fashion component on its own. When did overpriced, cheap-looking feather headdresses become summer wear? While this kind of stuff might fly overseas, where the history of First Nations isn’t as widely known, I can’t even begin to wonder what H&M was thinking here in North America…
Read the rest of this weeks column at the link that follows, and don’t forget: You have 48hrs to comment and voting continues all week! http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/08/11/fashion-should-push-limits-without-disrespecting-sacred-objects
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