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Online clothing company Fashion Nova is being criticised for a culturally insensitive Halloween costume.
The retailer has decided to use a traditional ceremonial Japanese dress as partywear.
Using a mishmash of detail from Japanese culture, the ‘Geisha’ costume features a kimono-looking dress tied together with an obi sash that reveals a miniskirt underneath.
The look is finished off with hair sticks and retails at $50 (£38).
Geishas are part of the fabric of Japanese cultural tradition: Geishas are highly trained female musicians who historically used dance and singing as a form of entertainment.
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Other people criticised the look for its short skirt, as the sexualised outfit could perpetuate the misconception that geisha are sex workers.
Fashion Nova did not immediately return a request for comment.
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