An Indigenous artist who has collaborated with Vancouver fashion designer Chloë Angus says he will no longer work with her in response to concerns about cultural appropriation and misleading marketing.
Kwakwaka’wakw artist Steve Smith said on Monday that he is retracting an earlier statement of support for Angus and cutting off his professional relationship with Chloë Angus Design.
He joins Linnea Dick, who has modelled for Angus’s catalogues and runway shows, in reconsidering the collaboration.
Dick, an orator and writer of Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a and Tsimshian descent, published an open letter this weekend that says she feels “betrayed, misled, and deceived” by the designer.
“It’s no longer good enough for allies to provide opportunities for Indigenous people while still holding the strings behind the scenes, but rather essential now to empower Indigenous communities to create these opportunities and collaborations on their own terms,” Dick writes.
“This can’t happen with non-Indigenous ‘allies’