Walter Van Bierendonck On Cultural Appropriation
Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Bierendonck (famously part of the Antwerp Six alongside Dries van Noten and Ann Demuelemeester) joined forces with Rei Kawakubo‘s Dover Street Market to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The collaboration, which also includes items from Jacquemus and Palace Skateboards, was an opportunity for Van Bierendonck to voice a recently popular opinion against appropriation of Native American headdresses.
The shirt reads, "Stop racism" on the front and "Fight for future" on the back in hopes that fashion moves past using traditionally significant attire as a "cool" accessory. Across the map, shrill cries from girls who frequent Coachella can be heard while Native Americans hope that headdresses–which are reserved for elders noted for their leadership and selflessness–will no longer paired with denim hot pants short enough to be underwear. The t-shirt is available online and in-store at Dover Street Market’s Lexington Avenue location.