Call The Glambulance: Dolce & Gabbana Sends “Black Woman” Earrings Down The Spring 2013 Runway
I’m all for creative expression but this is a bit much. For Spring 2013, Dolce & Gabbana showed a collection that seemed to be a tribute to the colonialist era complete with burlap dresses.
But the one item causing ire around the interwebs is a pair of Blackamoor-inspired earrings that show a black woman’s head, adorned with a scarf, heavy gold jewelry and darker skin.
It conjures up images of Aunt Jemima for me, and the associations of lampooning and stereotyping that come with that aren’t pretty.
It’s a bit disconcerting to take offensive colonialist images of black women, slap them on a pair of earrings and call it fashion.
While some critics have taken to calling the earrings ‘racist,’ I can’t figure out whether they’re attacking black women or just exocitizing them.
Either way, it’s highly offensive on the runway and I would literally gag if I saw someone wearing them on the street.
What do you think of the earrings, Glamazons? Are you offended?
The collection also included similar images on dresses: