It’s bad enough that there’s a lack of representation when it comes to black presence in the fashion world, but when that lack of representation turns into a parody party filled with costumes that include blackface, we know we have a real problem.
Alas, as if nobody is aware that painting your face to dress up as any other race is offensive, this weekend, a number of Italian fashion insiders, including designer Allesandro Dell’Acqua, came in blackface (photoed above posing with Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana and Juan Fran Sierra). It’s a little hard to believe that Stefano didn’t learn his lesson from the mammy-style earrings D&G caught backlash for last season.
The “African” themed party, called “Disco Africa,” brought out masses dressed as safari animals, in tribal gear and in their twisted representation of what the continent stands for. The most offensive of them all was designer Allesandro Dell’Acqua, who blatantly dressed as a minstrel show from a vintage Italian TV commercial (see the video here). Also, while reading this, I want you to be reminded that it is 2013.
The African-themed party comes right after a 21-year-old Australian ran with the same idea for her 21st birthday and caught major backlash for the offense.
The party was documented by Russian photographer Zhanna Romashka, who put a few of the snaps from the night on her blog OnlyStylishPeople.it, but most of the offensive photos can be caught on Twitter by searching the hashtag #hallowood2013 and #discoafrica. Check out some more photos from the party below.
Please note the shackled slave in the background of the right of this photo.