Luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has lost Azealia Banks as a customer after its Spring/Summer 2013 collection was shown during Milan Fashion Week.
This past weekend, the hip-hop artist tweeted, “Definitely boycotting Dolce & Gabanna[sic] ... Whoever designed that racist [expletive] Dolce and Gabanna [sic] collection needs a swift kick in the mouth and a big [expletive] up the [expletive].”
Last month, Dolce & Gabbana was featured in Vogue news after its accessories were seen as offensive by many. The models wore earrings featuring black women carrying food on their heads in baskets, which was associated with historical "mammy" imagery and slavery.
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The label released the following statement on its website:
"The show jewelry is reminiscent of ornate ceramics that often appear in Sicilian homes, restaurants and hotels. The head is inspired by traditional Moorish people, a term used to describe the Medieval Muslim inhabitants of Sicily -- a place that consistently inspires Dolce & Gabbana designs and the native country of Domenico Dolce.
"Traditionally, the heads are then covered with an Italian tin glaze that gives a shiny finish and painted in vibrant colors to symbolize stories and legends from Sicilian towns.”
Apparently, Banks does not agree. “I really hate when people do corny, racist things then try to justify it as "art." ... It's all just really unnecessary. the clothes in the collection were fine without all the ‘black mammie’ imagery [sic],” she went on to say on her account.
For now, she has given her support to Gucci. “Purchased my first Gucci Item today. so weird, i have stuff from all the other houses but finally made a gucci purchase. the shoes r boss! [sic]”
Dolce & Gabbana is not the first luxury house to face criticism over seemingly racist antics.
In 2011, the artistic director of French house Dior was dismissed after being found guilty in a trial in Paris of using anti-Semitic insults.