International fashion house accused of exploiting Pacific Island design | Pacific Beat

International fashion house accused of exploiting Pacific Island design

International fashion house accused of exploiting Pacific Island design

Updated 23 September 2013, 9:41 AEST

A Turkish fashion designer has been accused of "misappropriating" Pacific Island designs in her collection at London Fashion Week recently.

Gul Agis's "Tribal Attitude", is said to have been inspired by Turkey's heritage and recent protests in Istanbul.

And while some designs are clearly based on the the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, many others bare a strong resemblance to Maori design.

And it comes less than a month after global sports giant Nike was forced to stop production on a women's line of tights after the Samoan tattoo-inspired design caused offence in the Pacific community.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Aroha Mead, program director of Maori Business at Wellington's Victoria University

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