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I am all about using Asian prints for western clothes, but so often, there is just so much wrong with western designers creating “geisha” collections. Marlies Dekkers calls herself a feminist, but is pretty clearly lacking in intersectional feminism. Plenty of Asian women have expressed their displeasure over this collection/ geisha portrayal, but Dekkers is still using the same look. Her couture collection is called, “Yukata,” saying, “in Summer, [geisha change] from a heavy kimono to a light and playful yukata.” Yukata are casual, informal kimono, usually made of cotton and are worn by many people, not just geisha during summer festivals. While it’s common for geisha and apprentice geisha to wear yukata in the summer, for formal engagements they still wear lightweight, gauze-like silk kimono, which are around 1.2kg compared to more standard 2kg. At a glance, it may be impossible for a passerby to tell the difference between a geisha’s summer and winter kimono. Dekkers’ collection is also described as, “richly decorated with a patchwork of different yukata fabrics.” Traditionally, yukata are made from fabrics like cotton, lightweight and breathable in the summer heat. But Dekkers’ line is made from nylon and elasthane, two materials I’ve never seen used for yukata. Nor are any of the fabric patterns distinctly, definitively Japanese. Perhaps southeast Asian, but not unquestionably Japanese.
The problem with the photoshoot styling and fashion show is that she tried to make European models look Asian. They ALL have black wigs, white faces, and walk with prayer hands. The accessories are stereotypical, and the fans look like they're from a Dollar Tree.
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