Fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has cancelled a major show in China after controversial videos and offensive private Instagram messages, allegedly sent by co-founder Stefano Gabbana, went viral on social media. The Italian designer has denied writing the messages.
Amid accusations of racism, and boycotts from models and celebrities, the fashion house postponed its Shanghai event Wednesday night — just hours before it was due to start.
The controversy began with a series of promotional videos, released by the luxury brand on social media, that feature an Asian model struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks. Screen captures appear to show a series of direct messages on Instagram in which Gabbana complains about criticisms of the videos. The Italian designer is then accused of making derogatory remarks directed toward China and Chinese people as he defends the ads.
Both Gabbana and the luxury brand have since posted messages saying that their Instagram accounts had been hacked. On his personal account, Gabbana pasted the words “not me” over images of the alleged comments.
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