June 2 | 3:30am – 5:30pm Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre
Presented by Ryerson University School of Fashion
Copyright of fashion design is legally not possible. Consequently, “borrowing” from other cultures is strongly encouraged and common practice amongst designers and in academic institutions. On the flip side, copyright and protection of recognized art forms is common and legal practice, including that of many Indigenous art forms. How and can utilitarian Indigenous art forms including fashion, textiles and craft be protected? This panel discusses the legal and ethical implications of “borrowing” or “appreciating” from oppressed cultures, who benefits and profits from appropriation, and what is the protocol, if there is one, for a general consumer when wearing another cultures’ adornments. This discussion looks at ethics, integrity and protocol for creating or wearing Indigenous fashion.