Thursday, 9 June 2011

Back on track



Heyy sorry for the long blog break, but I've now handed my uni project, so time to get back to blogging again! I still need to spend the whole july in school but a little pre vacation is more than needed...

these shots are a bit of a preview of what I have been working on these last couple of months..

EDIT: I am sorry to hear these pictures are upsetting to some, I certainly did not attend it that way! My whole project was a dedication to the Native American culture as it is something I find fascinating, it was a leading part of the inspiration behind my collection.

Sometimes I choose to wear somewhat controversial things, it is a big part of what keeps me excited about fashion, never should this be seen as an attack against specific people/cultures more like the opposite - as a tribute to them, I hope you can understand

xxx

166 comments:

The Fancy Teacup said...

So native chic! Such an extraordinary headpiece. Can't wait to see the rest of your projects.

www.TheFancyTeacup.com

Raspberry Jam said...

Amazing!

Love it!

http://sweetraspberryjam.blogspot.com/

xoxo

tiff said...

Yup, that looks hot.

And welcome back to blogging!

Bec said...

totally stunning but in b&w it just transforms the whole piece. phenomenal.

cheryl said...

i want a headdress sooo bad!

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Teodora said...

I can't wait to learn more about your project - it looks amazing!

Teodora
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Dominique B. said...

that headpiece looks amazing!! :P

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Emma said...

Beautiful well done!
xxx
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Karima said...

we missed you!! gorgeous pics.

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FASHION ICE said...

the 2nd photo is unreal!

Seventh Of July said...

Beautiful photos. Can't wait to see more


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SAMANTHA said...

LOVE these photos, and your blog.



xx
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DISTRIKMODE said...

WOWZA. I'm speechless. These shots are sooooo freakin goooooooood. I actually saw a headpiece similar to that at a vintage market this past weekend, wanted to get it.. but it was wayyy too expensive!! Where can I get a decently priced one?

x

▲ Farrah @ DISTRIKMODE

Ingrid said...

really girl? a white british chick in a native headdress? i thought the ignorant clueless fashion community got over that stuff like 2 winters ago...and i thought you weren't one of them anyway.....if this is the preview i'm checking out for the main show. i've loved and followed your blog for a while this is the only way i can continue to do so.

just trying to help said...

Yikes. I think you need to do some reading on cultural appropriation (and why it's, you know, bad). These links will help:

http://whatfreshhellisthis.tumblr.com/post/5261084308/whats-wrong-with-cultural-appropriation-i-mean-i

http://mycultureisnotatrend.tumblr.com/

Hope you educate yourself and rethink this. It really isn't cool.

Jessie said...

CRAAZY cool feather hat. i love it! and want one ma self. the best pic.
xx, http;//wordbyjessie.com/

sWamPcOOkiE said...

OMG!!!!! this is sooo freakin KICKASS AWESOME!!!! LOVIN YOUR BLOG!!!! keep it up gal x

leonie said...

INSANE headgear!

✘leonie

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Cad said...

Love these photos, the black and white one is phenomenal.
However, on another note, I'd like to thank 'just trying to help' for these links...I feel almost embarrassed that I hadn't thought of this sort of thing being offensive before. I believe that almost all of my Native American jewelry/dreamcatcher, etc. were made by my cousins whose dad is Native American. I also (like many Canadians) have Native American heritage, so I feel like I should have been and should continue to be more sensitive to this issue. Thank you for the information.

Cad
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Emilia said...

so amzing and beautiful photos! :)

La Petite Olga said...

Great photos!!

xx Olga
La Petite Olga

Reader said...

wow. just, no. you need to take that off and do away with these photos, they're doing more harm than good. this is cultural appropriation of the Native Americam/Indian community at its finest. This headpiece was never intended to be worn as a fashion, and should never be used as such. This is a war bonnet that must be earned and worn accordingly.

Please do yourself, and your ignorant readers, a favour by heading to these sites and doing some much needed reading:

http://hipsterappropriations.tumblr.com/

http://mycultureisnotatrend.tumblr.com/

my use of the word ignorant simply means that they are lacking in knowledge about this specific subject, and not that they are stupid.

Alaina said...

I am obsessed with all sorts of headdresses including yours! So amazingggg

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Miss Lou said...

HOW BEAUTIFULLLLLLLL you are in that pic!!!! I loveeeeeee fur and feathers!!!! :)

Besos from BARCELONA!!!

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Theonlyfashionprincess said...

Wow the first and the 3th picture are insanely cool! x

ps giveaway on my blog, I hope you'll join it!

Alicia said...

These shots are GORGEOUS! The light, the composition, the clothes & of course the model...all PERFECT!

xoxo
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s said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE ;)


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Camilla said...

that first photo is too brilliant for words

x Camilla

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Julie Khuu said...

Sandra, these images are total teasers! Can't wait to see what you've been up to!!! From the looks of it, I'm sure it's some sort of creative genius as only you can attest to!

xo-Julie
Peace. Love. LOL!

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Kota Behemota said...

amazing pix. love this look!

The doll on fashion said...

Fantastic shots, the headress is amazing.

The doll on fashion

MELISSA Z. said...

OMG! These photos are incredible, great job dear! <3

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LPFashionPhilosophy said...

really love this look!!!!!!! You worked it!

Miss Molly said...

phenomenal

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thepetticoat said...

Beautiful photos!!

Bianca said...

COOL!

Bianca

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Raspberry & Rouge said...

And you look great! Welcome back :) Fab look, so creative, love it! XO Rebecca

http://raspberry-rouge.com

Emily said...

Yey! You are back!
Did you make that head piece? If yes, you're skilled! If no, it's cool either way hahahah.
I'm curious to read more about the project!
Love,
Emily

Ana said...

Love it and the last shot is gorgeous!

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SuperficialMoments said...

LOVE IT!!!

Nicole Richie Anon. said...

Love the headress xx

katti said...

SO AMAZING EVERY TIME!

Nanica said...

wauuuu Amazing :)
love the ring :)
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Michaela said...

Sandra, you're sooooo talented! I'm speechless. I know many people has mentioned that this is wrong, but I also think that this is something that hasn't really crossed everyone's mind... just look at Jónsi (my absolute fave, the singer of icelandic Sigur Rós and also a solo singer), he wears many pieces like this on his concerts. So I just say go! :D xxx

jojography said...

What stunning work, my favourite pic is the last one by far!
I really can't understand, why people are arguing if you are allowed to wear that thing on your head or not. I'm sure in a clan to wear such a headdress means a lot, but didn't we all wear those stuff on our heads as kids?
I think as this is a fashion blog and nobody of us knows the final content or the intention of your project, we shouldn't argue about it. That sucks!
I love these photos though, you are very talented and I can't wait to see more of your work.

Priscilla said...

i like like:)
can't wait for the full version:)










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Cee Harvey Fashion Blog said...

Wow these are amazing, I am in love with how you've styled her. Great post xx

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annajoanna said...

Amazing photo!

xoxo
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♥ Charlotte's Collection said...

Really glad you're back!

Amazing pics!

http://www.charlottescollection.co.uk/

Charlotte

Monia said...

Love the last picture of you!
Monia
Rome
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larissa said...

wow, very cool!
i love it :)

kayaretro said...

amazing plum, I dream of it

Studded Rose said...

Wow that headpiece is uhmazing! Glad your back love xx

eloiselabetise said...

Gorgeous photos! The last one is unbelievably beautiful! I love the head wear! xxxx

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Emily. said...

you look amazing! if this is only a sneak peek, i'd love to see the final result :)

www.lifeasadaydreamer.blogspot.com

-Emily.

Emily. said...

you look amazing! if this is only a sneak peek, i'd love to see the final result :)

www.lifeasadaydreamer.blogspot.com

-Emily.

ThE fAsHiOn WoRsHiPeR said...

So tribal, these look great :)

XoXo-Kelli K
http://thefashionworshiper.blogspot.com

Annika said...

wow! so cool :D

Nicola said...

These shots are amazing! x

Shared closet said...

wwwwwwooooooooooooooooooowwwwww do you know that now you are my new good??? hahaha you are so prety!:D
xoxo from Spain

ASH said...

oh wowza!!! very cool! you remind me of mandy from oracle fox here. Good luck with your uni project. xx

vivalablonda said...

I think this photos are fantastic and I don't think you are being disrespectful at all, actually one of the things I love about your blog is that you always wear handcraft things and makes them look so couture, you are a great supporter of that, and that's a way of keeping the traditions alive.You did an amazing job here, because is a beautiful way and really original to make a uni project, I'm from Mexico and I know how people could be racist against other cultures and this is not the case, actually I think is really nice from you that you appreciate things like this.

Mrs. C said...

I think these photos are beautiful and as someone who has Native American heritage I don't find them offensive at all. You are capturing the beauty!


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Cara said...

Gorgeous photos, look forward to seeing more!
xo Cara
http://www.afashionloveaffair.com

oliviab said...

Seriously I can't believe there are so many immature haters on here talking about "cultural appropriateness." I believe some people need to rethink their personal thoughts b/c in no way were these gorgeous shots offensive... I'm native american and history happens, but it's up to us as individuals to embrace our heritages along with others and to learn from those events whether they be graceful or regrettable. And for Sandra keep doing your thing girl! MAD props, don't ever apologize for being who YOU are and doing what YOU love!

urbanity said...

It really saddens me when people who wish to be perceived as very intellectual or culturally aware mistake the platforms at which particular comments are appropriate. Particularly those who then post links to pages which attempt to talk knowledgeably about matters while also misspelling every second word. Fashion has always been an all inclusive medium for creative expression and i can think of no better context in which to explore the traditional dress of different cultures. With fashion we are constantly exploring our own identities! This post was clearly not meant in a derogatory manner or to mock or parody any cultural traditions. So lets all learn to see things for what they are, and leave the egotistical posturing for another time. I personally love the photos.

Anonymous said...

Here here!!

Milli said...

You look truly stunning in these photos. Fashion is all about expressing one's self and this is a prime example of doing just that. Once again, amazing post! x

Vasilieva said...

wow, that piece is gorgeous, wanna see more of that project. loving the photos

http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/
x

Emily said...

Are people crazy on here? Offending you and teaching you about cultures and fashion? Are they being serious?

People these days get upset so easily I just cannot believe it.
You should do what you like and stay true to yourself and who you are. There will always be people who won't appreciate your work but you cannot please everyone. And why should you please them anyway? You're not responsible for them.
For God's sake we're living in the 21st century and people behave like it's 1254!

With today's multicultural society (especially in London where you're currently based) it's normal to be interested in other cultures! No one's is offended here by you wearing such a headpiece. People wear them on festivals all the time - are they criminals because of that? No.

Fashion is meant to be fun, not aggressive and not too analyzing (for me anyway). So why not just comment nicely on your work? I don't understand.

Sorry for this "aggressive" post, normally I'm absolutely not like that but if something annoys and bothers me I have to speak out.

Don't let people make you apologize for nothing!

Have a great weekend,
Emily

Anonymous said...

IMAGINE WHAT SHE DID! SHE CUT UP THE HEAD DRESS TO PUT ONTO OTHER GARMENTS! THE CHEEK OF THE BITCH! IT'S A HEAD PIECE THAT HAS SIGNIFICANT MEANINGS AND YOU'VE CUT IT UP! ARE YOU FOR REAL?

DISRESPECTFUL OR WHAT????!!!!!!

Deano SC said...

These photos are amazing! Especially the first one!!

Lena said...

Beautiful photos!! It's so great that you experiment and not afraid of being different each time !!!

The Girl Next Door said...

Its stunning, nice work... looks very much like a tribute to me!

Anonymous said...

That is now disrespectful and rude! Destroying something of culture and meaning. You have no cultural grounds and awareness. You are not creating something good for yourself.

I do NOT approve!

Sinful Imperfection said...

loving the headpiece...amaze

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Sacha said...

The pictures are cute but by all means WRONG! I'm sorry to say especially as you have no cultural backgrounds. If this culture or certain tribe of the Native Indians have inspired you I fully suggest that you research the meanings behind their clothing and certain things they wear. I am Native Indian mixed and to read that you have destroyed the head piece has disheartened me!

J. Car said...

to the people who only have something negative to say: get over yourselves. there are plenty of other sources and high fashioned photoshoots on magazines that show models using this exact piece. it really isn't that serious, and your offending far worse then what these photos are capable of doing.

to the blogger, i also believe that these pictures are beautiful, and your style so endlessly chic :)

Sacha said...

J. Car and others this just shows the amount of appreciation you have towards culture and their meaning which to me shows none whatsoever! Things like this is always controlled by media and people in high positions. If you haven't noticed of late near enough whatever someone does or says could be marked ad racism. So she needs to rethink this before she upsets more people ESP as her blog is followed and viewed by millions all over the world.

Petra CZ said...

Wtf, can any of you preaching idiots describe what 'culture' is? Culture is a social construct, and material things can have different meanings attached to them in different cultures, get it? Whilst the headpiece may have a certain meaning in the native Indian culture, there is nothing wrong with attaching a new different meaning to it. Cultures evolve, new cultures emerge whilst old cultures may fade... Wearing feather headpieces at music festivals may well be a part of the white youth culture of today, for example, and that's neither wrong, nor right. You pseudo-intellectuals sicken me.

Sophie said...

There is plenty wrong attaching new meanings to it cause that's not it stand for you ignorant uneducated foo!!! Go to another country or even London and tell someone of ethic background this and hear the reply you get. You British people don't know the meaning of culture nor have the understanding of it to say that it us not wrong. So when you have learnt come back and say otherwise!!!!

Rachel said...

For all you people of no intelligence and no understanding of what culture is because you have not been raise into that type of background to us it seems as though that is has been taken the mockery out of especially being worn by someone with mo culture- a blank canvas. Something empry! So yes in our eyes this is wrong.

Anonymous said...

It's like an atheist wearing a cross

Anonymous said...

Hey, you don't need to worry about it! People have jumped on their high horses just cause its cool at the moment. Noone cares when we wear kimonos or crosses and if they do they know it's not a big deal so they don't bother saying anything. Having a go at people wearing native American inspired fashion seems to just be the latest craze for people who like to moan!

Love you! Xx

myfantasticlife said...

Wow. People are downright scary sometime... Love your blog and looking forward to whatever else you've got coming out.

maddie1 said...

These are amazing pictures!

RedHead said...

Can tell you're a Fever Ray fan. 1) Because of the whole cultural appropriation thing, and 2) for all the hoo-ha. Great pics, great headdress. I could wade it, but I'd just exhaust myself.

RedHead said...

All I can say to 'Reader' who talks about the headdress as not being for fashion - where do you think tattoos and makeup started?

Lowri said...

Well I personally LOVE these pictures!

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x

Rea said...

Same here... too much work for uni! I hope your project went well! From what I see I'm pretty sure it's gonna be amazing!
xx
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Lucíe said...

I love the feathers, in all kinds of clothes are fabulous!

xx

Anonymous said...

I am an American, with native heritage. Not really offended, but it is sort of insensitive. It’s kind of like doing “black face,” or like someone else mentioned, an atheist wearing a cross. I think you have gotten to a point where you think you can do anything. And you can. But people are obviously going to let you know when you’ve crossed a line. Perhaps it would have been more sensitive to take pictures of the bonnet instead of wearing it. I’m sure you did not mean to offend anyone, but really think about how your going to display other cultures on yourself. You said that it is more like a tribute, but you didn’t even mention its cultural purpose or perception in the post. Now that is offensive. It was like saying, “ hey guys, look what culture I stole.”

Vivienne said...

Do you know what I find offensive? People telling you what you can and cannot be inspired by.
Pretty much everyone has a link to a cultural group/religion/tradition which could choose to be offended about 'appropriation' if we wanted to. Seriously concern yourselves with the REAL BIG shit going on in the world. Not attack peoples' art.
And yes fashion is art.

And comparing someone who clearly appreciates some aspect of native american culture with an atheist wearing a cross is really, really offensive. There is no parallel there. I don't think Sandra has shown that her core beliefs are the antithesis or the denial of native american culture. Only then would it be a parallel.

Just think people, before pointing the bloody finger

Emily said...

I love how this has sparked debate and that my friends is fashion! There are all sorts of things out there that push boundaries but I think in this case it's more flattery. It is very beautiful and the fact that there is so much meaning behind the headpiece makes it more breath taking. The photos are great too- nice lighting technique.

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Anonymous said...

Vivienne, (from anon. above you) no one is offended by her inspiration. The bonnet is very inspiring. It's really about the cultural originality and how she's displaying it. You really wouldn't know or could possibly understand how it may be offensive to other people because you're obviously not Native American. Oh, and I'm sure that any church would be offended to know that an atheist was wearing their most valued relic.

Pleunie said...

Dear dear Sandra,
Please dont feel bad about your photo's, they look amazing.

The people that commented about it being offended and stuff should think twice. Why would you want to offend them by these photo's? Thats not what you're trying to do, they just dont get fashion.

Fashion cant be good or bad, its just what you make it. So please dont feel sorry. Keep up the good work!

You have the freedom to wear whatever you'd want to wear!

Xx

Cc said...

She might not have meant the pictures to be offensive, but they are. The pictures are great because the bonnet is great. You know, the Europeans didn’t mean to kill of 90% of the Native American population when they discovered America, but they did. Just because Sandra didn’t mean to, doesn’t make it un-offensive. But she should do whatever she wants, it’s her blog. Anon. above, I agree, she should have credited the Native Americans.

Jade Briony said...

wow what a beautiful headpiece! i love that you have been inspired my the native american culture and i can wait to see more photos of your collection!

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Anonymous said...

I see how you can think it may seem like a tribute, but it's without context. Are you doing anthropological work in Native American cultures? If not than using a culture purely for aesthetics can be very very invasive. It's taking a piece of someone's culture and their history and making it into nothing more than a fancy headpiece.

Stylised Dialogue said...

I'm going to go round the headpiece controversy to address the few angry people who hypocritically claimed that Sandra (or for that matter any British/Finnish/probably anyone non native american) lacks culture.
Now how hypocritical is that? You are kicking up a fuss over someone using a piece of your culture for inspiration (and clearly with NO intention of offending or mocking anyone) because your culture has not been credited in the post or has been misused/missunderstood and you go on and make the biggest racist comment you could. Now who is being ignorant? EVERY country has a culture and a tradition. I am Greek, Sandra is Finnish, we both live in London. Those are just THREE of the millions of cultures out there. Contrary to popular belief (popular consisting mainly of angry IGNORANT people) "culture" is not a word synonymus to "colour". Culture is something that comes with every nationality, geographical location, history and skin colour.

p.s the photos are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

^

"culture" is not a word synonymous to "color"

but than you say... Culture is something that comes with every... skin color.

It's disrespectful not to credit, it's like plagiarism. In fashion, it’s frowned upon. Nobody likes it when another designer steals from another designer, especially when you do it without crediting. It’s offensive and RUDE.

Stylised Dialogue said...

ok maybe I should specify... It does not come with any one particular colour. When people talk about British/European/Caucasian people and don't acknowledge that they have strong cultural backgrounds, well I personally find that as offensive and as racist.

Stylised Dialogue said...

Also, and that is just a personal opinion, I, for example, am Greek and personally have no problem with people wearing Greecian dresses simulating togas or wearing gladiator sandals.

Hanna said...

I believe you didn't mean to offend by putting up these pictures, and honestly could have meant it as a tribute as you said, but to be honest when I saw these pictures I was taken back a bit. They do come across as a bit insensitive, making fashion out of such a strong cultural, probably even holy, element. I think it would be different to be 'inspired' by a culture and use it as an inspiration in maybe some patterns/materials/bit of feather and so on then full on wear the whole gear like that. But that's just me and I'm no Native American so I'm not insulted by this.

Anonymous said...

This isn’t about British/European/Caucasian people and their cultural backgrounds. It’s about Native American culture. The bonnet holds spiritual significance, not like gladiatorial sandals and togas. I have Native American heritage, I even would not wear it out of respect. It’s an honorable symbol, symbolizing the eagle.

Anonymous said...

Let's put it this way, would you wear the Pope's hat?

Elle said...

I just discovered your blog and it is fab. Great style!!

xoxo

dolldoll said...

I love your pictures and I love your blog

Anonymous said...

My thoughts are that you have totally ripped off Mandy from Oracle Fox you have no reference to Native American style in the whole of you blog and have never shown an interest in this your style has always been simple but different why sell out. I cant help feeling that you have been inspired by her and should credit back to her just saying

Observer said...

I am in Sandra's class and my grand mother is native American Indian mixed. As a child growing up I have learnt about our culture and history. There are actually still a few native Indian tribes in my country but they are known as Caribs. I think the head piece is amazing and have always admired it's beauty. I strongly and personally think that this should have been displayed in a more appropriate manner. Yes fashion has been recently inspired by culture and religion but in terms of culture there are only certain elements used for inspiration. Never the full piece. It has also been brought to my attention that the head piece may have been distorted and pieces placed onto other garments. If that is true I find that very disrespectful and rude. As our tutor always says you need solid evidence and research stated as to what inspired you from a certain piece. You can't just pick it up because it's pretty or that you like it.

Some Caucasians may not understand as to why native Indians or native mixed or black people may find this offensive. But it's the significant meaning behind the head dress. we are not being " haters" or ignorant. It's more your ignorance as you are quick to jump up and defend with your lack if knowledge.

Sandra's blog is nice to look at once in a while but there are certain things you should rethink before posting as people from all over the world religious of not cultural or not can see. To her she meant no harmbug others see it differently as we can all see for ourselves.

Sanne said...

Dear Sandra,

you're always an inspiration! Great pics, you look fab.
Since I am a Dutch girl, I will take the liberty of speaking on behalf of my fellow Dutchies - you can wear clogs, wooden shoes, etc. I promise we will not be offended ;)

xx, Sanne

Anonymous said...

it's not the same moron!

audreyxo said...

the headdress is amazing and you look awesome.
xo

Opposite lipstick said...

wow!!! love it!

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Anonymous said...

its fashion, fashion is a form of art its about pushing boundaries and she's obviously not wearing it in an offensive manner or at least didn't mean to offend. its one shoot with a positive reference to the native american culture. use should relax

Anonymous said...

Observer, you couldn't be more brilliant. Thank you for taking the words right out of my mouth. Do your research, Sandra. You must have known its value since you're doing a school project on it.

panna e caffè said...

i'm really in love with these headpiece!!!

xoxo from france!

Elisa said...

i love these pictures! and whoever is being "offended" is just being a bit petty in my opinion. keep up the lovely work :)

x

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Ellie Walker said...

I don't think people should see this post as discriminating against their culture. Fashion is CULTURE, art, music, etc...Some people need to look deeper about fashion and see that it's used to express feelings and that persons way of life, just like Native America. Yes I agree that people should not buy cultural things from chain stores as it is taking something which belongs to a community and they are getting nothing for it, whereas as if you buy from the community this would be helping them. However I do see why some people are getting offended, but these pictures are showing appreciation of this culture and in no way discriminating against it. Some people may want to enlighten themselves by reading about Native America and see why some may be upset by this..The work is beautiful and I think you show great appreciation to this culture :)

Katie Reed said...

To the person who decided to generalize the whole of Britain to being culturally unaware...

Britain is incredibly diverse, I know this especially as I live in London. So I think you are confusing us being culturally ignorant with acceptance that there many cultures that should all be able to live harmoniously.

There isn't any need to be stereotypical.

People from different cultures come to Britain because they know they can as all cultures are accepted and catered for.

There is obviously historical significance to the headpiece but there really isn't any need to be incredibly nasty to Sandra when she clearly meant no disrespect.

Maybe you could put all your anger into something useful and put your efforts into more important things like the war or something rather than taking all your frustrations out on a poor blogger.

You clearly have a lot of opinions so put it into something more worth while.

Rant over.

Sandra you look great as usual.

Stylised Dialogue said...

well said, Katie Reed!!!

jejo said...

extrodinary! and so beautiful xo

Anonymous said...

Yes well said Katie Reed.

To suggest that British people have no culture or that they do not respect other peoples culture is completely insane. London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and the truth is that British people are so accepting of other peoples faiths and beliefs that it is having a detrimental affect on our own cultural heritage which is often dismissed and hidden as not to offend other cultures who I would hazard a guess would not be as accepting of our culture in their native countries.
Political correct is causing British people to ignore and ultimately lose their own cultural identity in order not to offend those of different backgrounds living in Britain and you dare to generalise that we do not show respect for other cultures?

It is also pretty clear from some of the comments being made that there are a lot of people that very wrongly assume that white/British/European people (however you wish to term us) do not have culture which is a very sad inditement of your upbringing. The United Kingdom is made up of four very different countries all with very rich histories and strong national identities. Maybe you should visit sometime and find this out first hand?

As for the act of actually wearing the headpiece - I understand that it has certain symbolism attached and you therefore feel that somebody from outside of your culture has no right (has not earned the right) to wear it. However I fail to see how this affects your day to day life and/or why it affects you so much that you feel that you have to abuse the blogger (and it is not because I am uneducated or culturally unaware before you start to abuse me too).

I suggest (I would not tell you what you should do - that would be insensitive and rude) but I suggest that you stop being so sensitive, be proud that your culture interests, excites and inspires so many people around the globe and as has already been said - find something more productive to with your time and the energy you obviously have in bundles.

Nichole&Evans said...

fashion in controversial, always will be. I think your inspiration is positively awesome and you are amazing keep doing what you do! Freepeople.com is also doing native American inspiration. maybe you should check it out:)

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Larissa Martinez said...

wow amazing

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kaitlyntru said...

Badass headdress. And do NOT worry about offending. I am Native American and seeing these has not hurt me and shouldn't anyone.

Anonymous said...

Let me start by saying I really enjoy this blog Sandra. I am American and my mother's family are descended from a west coast tribe (no feathered headdresses). The issue of coopting Native American symbols/imagery in fashion is sticky in the US; in general, you see it of course in jewelry, patterns, colors etc. But there are certain objects that are associated with ritual or spirituality etc. that must be earned and/or not even worn by most members of the tribe - headdresses fall into this category. So while I recognize 'inspiration', I was shocked to see one wearing a headdress in a fashion blog. Perhaps it was bit too literal for me. That being said, I wish you well on your project.

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised by the post: white people have been misappropriating cultural artifacts since, well, forever.

Sandra doesn't have thousands of followers because she's culturally sensitive or even realistic; she has thousands of followers because she's a wealthy white girl who has a lot shit that you wish you had.

Anonymous said...

wow i think you have all made you point... stop attacking her im sure she will think twice about every single post after this... she didnt mean to offend but she did and i think that she actually feels bad so enough said?

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Anonymous said...

I think these photos are great! About the cultural awareness subject of the native american headdress- fashion is art, and with art comes controversy. Fashion always likes to push the boundaries for example, killing animals for their fur (which i am personally not into) but its something that can't be helped. People tend to be considerably sensitive these days and read into things looking for a subliminal message that may not have been intended for example; "The Cookie Monster" is now "the Vegie Monster", Noddy was banned because he slept in the same bed as Big Ears which promotes homosexuality, Ba Ba Black Sheep is now Ba Ba Rainbow Sheep. People need to be more accepting and understand that with time comes change.

Anonymous said...

Everyone keeps talking about "change" and how fashion is art. The headdress is an artifact, it's not for fashion, it's for culture. Take its picture, no need to put it on like you've earned a Native American title.

Henry said...

jesus..I really dont get those people who criticise you..you look good darling!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you didn't mean anything by it but...I've been doing archaeology field work for 2 years and i've learned how sensitive you have to be about artifacts belonging to a different culture..its some one else's culture and you can't make "tribute" to a headpiece that has such powerful significance to some people. YES the pieces are super fashionable but theres a certain respect you have to have....like a "look only don't touch" respect
I'm not judging you..i'm sure you don't mean to be offensive but its just something few people are informed about especially in fashion

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rachel said...

"especially being worn by someone with (sic)no culture- a blank canvas"

how dare you say this human has no culture? who are you to say Sandra is a blank canvas? she is one of the most creative and inspiring people whose blogs I have had the privilege of following. just because you think Sandra has made a mistake in using a headdress that was created by a culture other than her own does not give you the right to say that she herself does not have a culture. though i was adopted and did not know that i had actual part Italian blood until recently, i was raised by an Italian and consider myself to have an undertanding, respect, and part in Italian culture regardless of whether I was born in Italy or not. one does not have to be the race to be the culture. a person is raised in such a way and educated about culture as they grow up. it becomes part of their being, regardless of what they look like or what color they are. how can you say she is a blank canvas? is it just because she is white? i don't understand this concept, not in the least. how can people crusade for understanding and try to inform people on how cultural appropriation can be damaging and still manage to be so ignorant and racist at the same time, i have no idea. there is no excuse for being so insulting toward another person who means you and your culture or the Indian culture no harm. in the tribe that this headdress was created it stands for something... what i am left wondering is that if it's meaning were so important how could it have made it's way into Sandra's hands if she were so undeserving of wearing it? and furthermore how does it get into people's minds that cultural symbols couldn't possibly be used (without being offensive) to express something metaphorical in a photograph or project, such as a fashion line?

MellowYellow said...

the pics are great, you're not doing anything wrong ;) keep up the good work xo

Anonymous said...

rachel as someone stated before sandra comes from a very wealthy family and she isn't really the sweet girl she portrays herself to be. she's a stuck up little bitch who doesn't give a shit about anyone but herself. try knowing her for 2 years and you'd see. pictures often lie. i can tell you this much. she is a using, manipulative, calculating little cow. get to know the real her before you jump to defend someone you "follow"

JENNA L. said...

The joys of the internet....
Regardless I think the lighting in these photos are pretty.


x x x
I'm Just a Gal

Izzy said...

Absolutely FUMING with those suggesting that to be British is to have no culture - what makes the Native American culture any more worthy than that of my country? How DARE you come onto a thread discussing cultural awareness and be so ignorant and racist?! Fucking hypocrites.

I agree with those stating that fashion IS culture. Fashion has been appropriating religious iconography for donkey's years - again, what makes Native American spirituality any different to Chrisitian spirituality? I'm pretty sure we've seen Sandra wear crucifixes/crosses before, and no-one was posting pompous links then. And for those talking about the importance of war dress, what about the whole military trend?? That trend is borne solely out of American and British military dress - and furthermore, a lot of the iconography used in such a trend is still in use today. Girls are wandering about in camo, military jackets, faux medals etc. whilst soldiers are STILL out fighting and dying for their country. Are you going to argue about that, call that culturally insensitive?

You hypocrites need to understand that either all is sacred, or nothing is.

Anonymous said...

Seriously what is the issue?
Why on earth are people getting angry that native americans' were not credited - its not a copyright issue. It is so recognizably a native american headress that it isn't necessary..
people wear religious and spiritual icongraphy all the time - how many people who wear a cross or rosary beads actually attend church - and the same goes to the star of david necklaces, or any of Pamela Love's jewellery.. Gwen Stefani appropriated the bindi in the mid 90s but there wasn't any uproar then..
get a grip guys.

Spell said...

Reading through all these comments you can see the lovers and you can see the haters.

Me? I'd rather be a lover - promoting tolerance, forgiveness and celebration of all cultures, sharing in their traditions no matter what the colour of your skin.

Gorgeous photos! Gorgeous blog! And props to all the wonderful well thought out points of view that people shared on this post. Tolerance and broadmindedness go a hell of a long way.

X lizzy

Marianne said...

anonymous comments should not be allowed and they really annoy me. you should at least let sandra know who she's talking to.

Anonymous said...

Hey, loving the headdress, fabulous! As for some of the negative comments they need to EDUCATE themselves! Why do people take things beyond seriousness! Ridiculous!

I get it and please carry on with your blog, loving your style and you inspire my own fashion creations and because of your headdress I purchased some feather earrings not to OFFEND people but because they were fabulous!! Why would you want to offend Native American People, if anything you are inspired by them. Seriously people get a life, this a lot worse things going on in the world than a lass wearing a feather headdress!!!

Bridget said...

You are so inspiring, I love everything you do <3

Susanne (Fashionquadrette) said...

These pictures are truly beautiful, and I can easily see why they were meant as a tribute to the native american culture! I don't understand how anyone could find them offencive at all - they're so gorgeous and artistic!! Love your work, and I can't wait to see the rest :)

Michelle at Chellbellz said...

I get it, but why is okay to dress with other cultures clothing, such as ethnic prints, or asian inspired dresses, but we can't wear a head dress, as someone is Part native american I'm not even offended. I think it's a beautiful head piece from a craftsmenship perspective. it's that is the case then no fashion blogger shall wear clothing that is not of their culture! I'm not allowed to wear a Union Jack shirt, or a Japanese inspired shoes! No mexican print skirts, and cute dresses. I get it, but I also think people should be mature enough to realize that this was done without ill will. I had no idea that people who probably can't even name ten Native American Tribes are getting upset.


Someone posted some links about Culture not being a trend, but believe you me, there are a ton of cultures, in low income parts of the world selling their jewelry, earrings, Necklaces, rings, and head dresses for money? I'm not sure what we are suppose to do with this since it's not our property. I get it, but there are a ton of ways that you can get your point across without insulting the author, or the readers of this blog! as someone who is comprised of a wealth of cultures I think people need to get off their high horse and learn how to respect others if they feel the need to "educate".

Amanda said...

So, being a Native American, I just felt like I needed to say that I don't find anything about this offensive. I've seen things that were done in bad taste, but this is not. Keep being awesome! :)

dawn said...

love these pictures beautiful.. well done xxx another great blog post !!

Aleksanra said...

Love these pics!

Ruth said...

You should be proud that you have sparked so much discussion with your university project - many great artists and women of their time were socially rejected for being controversial. Controversy is sometimes needed and required.

I am Scottish and our tartans are a symbol of our heritage and family linkages, and is used lots in fashion and other areas without anyone giving a second glance. I love the regal poise of Native American photographs of women wearing these headdresses. They look so proud of their culture and it, in turn, makes me proud of mine.

Chin up!
xx

Anonymous said...

You people are morons. You don't give a crap about the headpiece, you just want to kiss her ass some more and say how wonderful she is. Sad. Thousands of "readers" who are just here to look at pretty pictures.

Anonymous said...

Dear latest Anonymous,

Unlike you, I didn't actually want to be offensive but you are clearly where the finger should be pointing at when the word 'moron' is used.
If you have read the comments above, but are still posting this, then you are just thick as almost everyone commenting has not only stated their opinions clearly but have also backed them up with legitiment arguements. You might disagree, but you can't just label it 'ass kissing' because it is clearly not that.
Or maybe you just haven't read the comments in which case you are just an ignorant angry person with no real reason to, but a lot of will to, vent.
If people 'don't give a crap about the head dress' it's because, mostly, they are not native americans and find this reaction confusing. Also some are rightly so defending the existance of their cultures that very hypocriticaly and ignorantly, some people claimed to be inexistent.
Very few people that were actually involved in this conversation were JUST telling the blogger how wonderful she is. They were making real points, on the subject.
Your comment is out of place and doesn't really say anything other that you are probably in fact, a moron!
looking at something pretty is hardly negative. This is a fashion blog. People want to look at fashion, and that is what this blog provides them with. Fashion.

FashionBookmark said...

OMG, can't believe how controversial this post is. I think some people are forgetting this is a fashion blog and not an area for cultural debate. The focus should be on how amazing the head dress is and how professional and flattering the photographs are.

Anonymous said...

morons

rawlikesushi said...

You don't pay tribute to people by offending them. Where's the sense in that?? Whatever your intention, this is not the way to go about doing that. Fashion doesn't exist in a void, separate to the politics of the world.

Native American women DO NOT wear these headdresses and in the pictures where women have done so in the past, it is usually at the expense of NA women as it is done in a manner that oversexualizes their identity.

Even if, like one of your commenters said, someone is Native American and doesn't find it offensive - it still is. There are plenty of black people who are ok with other people using the 'N' word but that still doesn't take away the sting.

You, and your readers, don't have to 'get it' or be agree with this because at the end of the day, your input is not what matters as it does not concern YOUR culture.

Terri said...

I love Sandra's blog, I really do. But I also love how everyone is rushing to defend and console Sandra rather than the Native Americans/Indians who have been/may have been offended by this.

Here's a good quote for this: "But seriously, shouldn't the estimation of whether such acts constitute an honorable, respectful "tribute" be left to the supposed honorees?"

Mycha said...

U LOOK SO AMAZING !

A Comanche Indian age 22 said...

Culturally offensive! Your blog is really lovely most of the time, but you should do some research on war bonnets and culture appropriation. That's great that you want to "honor" Native American culture but this is NOT honoring, it is offensive!

Alexis said...

Just saying you want to "honor" a culture that you've completely fetishized and appropriated isn't enough of an excuse. I'm not sure there's a way for a white woman to wear what you're wearing and not be offensive. Do you know anything about the style of the headdress you're wearing? Not all Native American groups are the same.

Anonymous said...

Just to comment on some recurring themes in this discussion...

First to the commenter proudly saying "I have Native American/First Nation heritage and I'm not offended." Really? You think because some great-great grandmother of yours was indigenous that you can somehow speak for the community? Please, I have Native American heritage too but I grew up in mainstream American culture and am about as qualified to represent the Choctaw as I am to represent the Irish, another source of my ancestry. Also problematic is the assumption that Native American culture is pan-continental or homogenous. It's not. Navaho is not Lakota nor Makah nor Cherokee culture.

Secondly I see a lot of British and European people who are incredibly offended because one, literally only one commenter said that Western culture was a 'blank slate'. Of course this isn't true yet the uproar over that seems to me little ridiculous. Also revealing is the fear that British culture is being threatened by diversity. Hmm. At the same time many of the people who were offended by these images and said so nicely are being called ridiculous and being told to get over it.

Honestly I think the biggest division here is one of nationality. I wouldn't expect a European to know much about Native American/First Nations cultures and it's clear from the comments that you don't. And for the record those photographs of Native American "women" wearing the headdresses are men. Men with long hair. They are war bonnets, women didn't wear them.

Finally, lest we forget, Native Americans literally suffered what was tantamount to genocide at the hands of European transplants to their lands. This was not so long ago and still they suffer from high rates of poverty and alcoholism. This is, for anyone who knows anything about it, hard to "get over".

Maybe that is the reason why, for me, as an American, was offended and a bit shocked to see these images. I know it wasn't malicious and I don't blame Sandra for anything. Yet at the same time I would like to think this could be learning experience. You may think I'm ridiculous for being offended but at least you now know that some people are and hopefully you've learned a bit about this culture that you are co-opting. Knowledge is always good whatever you use it for.

Linnea said...

I absolutely love these pictures! I want to cover my wall with them:)

Anonymous said...

You know what really irritates me about these comments about the pictures being racist is that they don't call it racist when people wear plaid shirts inspired by cowboy culture, they don't call it racist when people wear kimonos, they don't call it racist when people wear British military inspired jackets, they don't call any other fashion racist at all! They should be proud that their heritage is making such an impact around the world and it is constantly inspiring people because its so beautiful. They need to see that no one is mocking their culture, simply admiring it due to it being unique and truly beautiful. However, their attitudes towards people who are just showing admiration aren't beautiful in the slightest. It is disrespectful when all we are doing by wearing feather headbands/native american inspired jewellery to show how much we appreciate its beauty. To those people taking it so so ridiculously personally need to relax and take it as a compliment. You know what they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Anonymous said...

the second to last anon comment is so right. These people obviously are nit picking and have too much time on their hands. Continue your amazing work as you are timeless and clearly a lot more creative than they are. love a huge fan xx