Thanks to Julia from a l’allure garconniere, I have downloaded my very own copy of Kate Burch’s zine HEAD DRESS, “composed entirely of found images from blogs, juxtaposed with critical quotes from theorists and bloggers examining the effects of cultural appropriation.” (An excerpt from the Coco Fusco citation I posted a while back is included! For more, some of our posts on the headdress can be found under the tag “native appropriations.”) Because it’s a free download from the awesome Zine Library, Julia suggests,
print out a bunch of your own copies and drop them off where you think they might be most thought-provoking. a few ideas:
- thrift stores where you regularly see “hipsters”
- coffee shops in urban areas
- music venues/festivals where you have seen aforementioned cultural appropriating hipsters
- offending stores that sell clothes labelled “tribal” or “native” or “cherokee” (urban outfitters, forever21, bluefly, etc)
Obviously, I’ve stepped away from the blog for a few weeks, trying to complete some other writing projects and forcing myself to stay off the Internet. Meanwhile, I’m still here in spirit, fighting the good fight, as you can tell from this outfit, which is a fortuitous mixture of mine and Iraya’s mind-melding thrifting. I do have plans for upcoming posts (including some book reviews, interviews, and guest posts!), and I’m also teaching my Politics of Fashion course next semester, so I’m hoping to somehow integrate assignments for that course into this platform. Any suggestions?