Some social media users accused the brand of cultural appropriation.
A black fashion student is accused of “fetishizing” Asian women, after the designs of a “Chinoiserie” bikini.
On Saturday, NYC-based brand Palais Du Dèsir uploaded a video for the promotion of their “Chinoiserie” reversible swimsuit that will be sold on the Chinese New Year, Feb. 5. The brand is owned by Vanessa Danelle, a black student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, reported Nextshark.
“Chinoiserie” refers to the Chinese motifs and techniques applied to Western designs. Some social media users accused the brand of cultural appropriation, and asked to have the draft taken.
Twitter user @taejkang messaged the brand and said that the swimsuit “promotes the over sexualization and fetishization of asian women.”
Danelle rejected that claim in her response to the criticism.
“It’s just fabric and if the black population does [not] use Asian fabrics [let me know] where that law is written,” Danelle wrote on Instagram. “Stop looking for a reason to be hurt… I’m not going to entertain stupidity.”
As of Friday, the swimsuit post is still on Instagram, but the comments are disabled.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post.