Did the Models at Milan Fashion Week Just Wear Glittery Blackface?

Feb 26, 2015 at 4:08 pm |
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Blackface Models Milan

(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Fashion week is always an exciting time for social media – from robes showing off men’s twigs and berries to slippers that look as if they’re made from the skins of Wookies, Milan, London, Paris and New York never cease to entertain us with the upcoming trends of haute couture.

This year it was clear Milan was going for the gold (or black rather) when its fashion week kicked off with some absurd makeup choices.

New designer, Claudio Cutugno painted his models’ faces black and then spritzed them with some glitter before sending them down the runway for the Next Generation show. One of the models even wore a full-fledged black mask. The painted effect was meant to look like bees swarming the faces of the models – as inspired by visual artist Emilio Isgrò – but the result looked more or less like blackface performers who had marched too quickly through a gay pride event. Of course, many were immediately offended by Claudio’s choice and called him out.

We understand that the choice was artistically inspired, but did no one step back, put a finger to their temple and say, “Hmmm, this looks like…”? Or perhaps even more diabolically, did the artist realize the racist interpretation of his work and choose to use the shock-factor to his advantage?

CELEBS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ARE BLACK

Models in Blackface in MIlan

(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Models in Blackface in MIlan

(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Is this an acceptable form of artistic expression on the runway? See more photos of the controversial show here…