If you’ve been on Instagram—or any social media platforms, really—you might have noticed that there’s a HUGE drama surrounding Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana (D&G).
It all started with their Chinese ad campaign, which drew sharp criticisms for being racist. The backlash escalated after designer and co-founder Stefano Gabbana allegedly made offensive comments about the Chinese culture while defending the campaign in a series of Instagram direct messages. Drama ensued, with many calling for a boycott of the brand.
This wasn’t the first time D&G found itself in hot soup. In 2016, it described a new pair of gladiator sandals as “slave sandals”. In April 2017, it published a campaign on Weibo depicting Beijing as an underdeveloped city, which was deleted after complaints poured in. Gabbana also outraged music fans when he called singer Selena Gomez “ugly” in an Instagram comment, while the other half of D&G, Domenico Dolce, once called children born through IVF “synthetic”.
Now that you’re up-to-date with all their scandals, here’s what you need to know about their latest saga.
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Text: Joy Fang, Sean Tham