Over the weekend Dolce & Gabbana debuted some controversial attire and accessories during Milan’s Fashion Week.
Several fashion critics have described the pieces, which are featured in D& G’s spring 2013 collection, as a “Mammy” type character and some have even called them “Aunt Jemima” dolls.
Oh…. and to add more fuel to the fire, there were no Black models featured in the show.
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Walking in Milan over the weekend, Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2013 collection was a campy homage to colonial Sicily, or, more accurately, “Sicilia,” as one burlap sack-dress proclaimed. At first overlooked amid the kitschy conquistador prints: earrings resembling Blackamoor statues, which popped up nine times in the 86 looks.
Decorative arts in this style were popular across the Mediterranean, particularly in Italy, during the time period, as trade routes and expeditions crisscrossed the North African continent. But the imagery soon came to represent the slave trade, specifically, in the region and the Western world at large.
Are the images displayed in Dolce & Gabbana’s new line racist? Thoughts…