Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, in their own words: Everything you need to know about about the designers' pre-#DGTheGreatShow controversies
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's are the names on everyone's lips this week. Following accusations of racism — for a video from Dolce & Gabbana's "D&G Loves China" campaign — fashion news bloodhounds Diet Prada shared a follower's DM exchange with Stefano Gabbana, in which he appeared to go on an offensive tirade (Gabbana is now claiming that his account was hacked). The messages spread like wildfire on social media, and the epic runway spectacle the duo were set to present in Shanghai was cancelled last-minute, with celebrity backers dropping out of attending and agencies refusing to let their models walk. Chinese social media has since lit up with denunciations from public figures.
Dolce and Gabbana have long cast a polarising shadow over the industry, and this is far from their first brush with controversy. The designers have been celebrated for their joyous, unabashedly feminine work, their early embrace of Muslimah fashion, and their relatively diverse casting — Ashley Graham walking in their New York Alta Moda show made headlines — within the realm of high fashion. However, they have also had a track record of problematic and inflammatory comments, as well as unfortunate design and marketing choices (SS13's blackamoor-esque jewellery and SS16's "slave" sandal earned the brand floods of negative press), which may account for the unusual speed and violence of this latest backlash against them. The Chinese drama is still unfolding and many details remain unresolved. In light of this, we've assembled a list of Dolce & Gabbana's controversial comments for you, our readers, that you may better decide what to think of the entire situation.
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