Blackface is an issue that continues to come up. This time famed fashion house Gucci has been getting skewered because of a polo neck sweater from its Fall/Winter 2018 collection which has since been withdrawn. The black sweater, described as a “balaclava” knit, covers part of the face. This section of the sweater features a cut-out mouth and large red lips, that have sparked the comparisons to blackface.
Notable Reactions: “We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make. We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organisation and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.” -Gucci
Gucci also went on to add that it “deeply apologizes” for the piece.