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Rarely does a Fashion Week go by that cultural appropriation doesn't grace the runways. From corn rows to dreadlocks, it happens every season like clockwork.

The latest issue? Versace. The brand's new collection has appropriated Native American prints, and Twitter isn't happy about it.

Twitter called out Versace over their $750 "Native Americans Tribute" shirt.

According to the description, the shirt is a reference to the original Gianni Versace "Native American" print from the brand's 1992 collection.

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photo: Versace

"Gianni Versace’s inspirations for the print come from the world of the American West. Feathers, a Native American symbol of trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power and freedom, grace this iconic print, which made its debut on the Versace Fall Winter 1992 runway," the website said.

Not only is the T-shirt appropriating Native American culture, it condenses multiple Native American tribes into one vague identity.

Kendall "All Pepsis Matter" Jenner also wore a version of the print when she walked down the runway.

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Jenner didn't design this look, but it's been a long road for her family regarding cultural appropriation.

And Twitter is understandably PISSED.

When you're a person of color and fashion keeps ripping off of your culture.

When the images were posted on Instagram, users wanted to know what exactly "tribute" meant. "Are the proceeds going to the tribes who inspired this?" one fan asked.

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"If they can't afford to buy it then it's not a tribute to them, it's excluding them from their own culture," one user said on Twitter. 

"'LeTS sAy ItS a TrIbUtE CuZ ThEn ThEy CaNt bE oFfEnDeD'...attempting to profit off our culture is funny way to show your respect and gratitude," said someone else.

Although honoring Versace's legendary career is important, there are many more iconic Versace prints that would've paid homage to Gianni's legacy and respected cultures simultaneously.

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Today's designers need to be be in tune with what's happening TODAY — including cultural appropriation.

Granted, this particular print debuted in 1992, when a dialogue between designers and the cultures they were (allegedly) ripping off was mostly nonexistent. But the world has changed, and people know better now. Fashion needs to be as woke as the people they want to dress. Things that got by in the '90s are unacceptable today.

Fashion powerhouses like Versace should not use their massive public platforms to steal from Native cultures. There are plenty of ways that fashion can celebrate other cultures without ripping them off.

But maybe stay away from tribal prints until you figure that out.