Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts in Art History and Visual Culture
Dr. Chajuana Trawick
Dr. Piper Hutson
This thesis focuses on how western fashion designers, Louis Vuitton and Valentino took elements from the Maasai tribe to develop profitable collections. This thesis looks at historical instances of appropriation by western designers as a catalyst for modern designers to appropriate marginalized and indigenous cultures in the 21st century. The aim of this thesis was to look at the issue of cultural appropriation inside the fashion industry with a lens from postcolonial indigenous methods and give examples of how western designers can avoid appropriation by utilizing specific guidelines based on appreciation and inspiration.
Jeffrey, Caitlin, "The Loss of Profit: The Use of Maasai Culture for the Gain of Louis Vuitton & Valentino" (2021). Theses. 85.