Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 collection got quite the buzz but I don’t think it was the type of attention they were hoping for. After pictures circulated blogs went ablaze criticizing the designers for the earrings dangling from their models ears. Refinery 29 described the earrings as “cartoonish, debasing, subaltern [and] blatantly exploitative.”
After brief period of silence Dolce & Gabbana posted an article on the website Swide, which explains the historical context behind the “blackamoors”. “The head is inspired by Moorish features,” it reads. “Moorish is a term used to define many peoples throughout history…In Sicily’s case it defines the conquerors of Sicily [from 827 to 902 AD.]”
The article goes onto to say that these blackamoor figures can be found all over Italy from homes to hotels. These figures are made from glazed ceramic, called Maiolica.
Although, these earrings seemed like a good idea in their head Dolce & Gabbana should have known that this might stir up trouble. In the 1983 autobiography D,V. Diana Vreeland wrote, “Blackamoors have been commemorated, in jewelry, in Russia, Venice, very eighteenth and nineteenth century…I’m told it’s not in good taste to wear blackamoors anymore, but I think I’ll revive them.” Dolce & Gabbana also thought they could revive them. [Fashionista]
So what do you think must have or toss?