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Designer Sorry For Using Native American Headdresses On Catwalk

"I genuinely respect and honour all cultures, races and religions. It was never my intention to disrespect another culture."

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There was a furious reaction on social media during New Zealand Fashion Week, after the internationally-acclaimed designer posted this photo describing the headdresses as "70's bohemian vibes".

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Canadian-born comedian Jeremy Elwood also spoke out on Twitter.

Is @trelisecooper seriously using First Nations headdress at #NZFW14?

Jeremy Elwood@JeremyElwood

Is @trelisecooper seriously using First Nations headdress at #NZFW14?

4:59 PM - 26 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maori culture museum curator Puawai Cairns was scathing of the move.

Reading comments on Trelise Cooper's facey about the 'bohemian vibe' war bonnet. This is why I hate nostalgia. White people pick n mix.

Puawai Cairns@puawai_

Reading comments on Trelise Cooper's facey about the 'bohemian vibe' war bonnet. This is why I hate nostalgia. White people pick n mix.

7:29 PM - 26 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And there were others who wanted to point out the designer's cultural blindness.

Trelise Cooper alters pic of her model wearing a Native American headdress as her intention is not to be racist.

Sanjay Patel@spat106

Trelise Cooper alters pic of her model wearing a Native American headdress as her intention is not to be racist.

6:26 PM - 26 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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