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Burberry’s noose hoodie is part of a shameful fashion tradition | Morwenna Ferrier

By Morwenna Ferrier

The racist missteps of big brands are numerous. Until the industry is truly diverse, they are likely to continue

A year ago Gucci put an offensive jumper on their Milan catwalk, although it took that long to actually cause offence.

The wool balaclava jumper was black with a cut-out mouth and red lips which, when pulled up over the wearer’s face, bore a disturbing resemblance to blackface. At the time, no one seemed to notice. I missed it too, and I missed it again when it went on sale last autumn, both of which now seem inexcusable – looking at it, it couldn’t be anything else. Yet it wasn’t until February this year that flags were raised – on Twitter, as is often the case these days – and even then only within the context of Black History Month. Gucci apologised, and took the jumpers off the shelves, even though they had already sat there for a good six months.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/22/burberry-noose-hoodie-fashion-racism-diverse-industry