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Burberry And Riccardo Tisci Issues An Apology For 'Noose' Hoodie

Burberry And Riccardo Tisci Issues An Apology For 'Noose' Hoodie

Gucci, Prada, Moncler and NOW Burberry. SMH.

PUBLISHED ON : FEBRUARY 19, 2019 / 06:11 PM

In recent weeks, we've watched Gucci, Prada, and Moncler receive backlash for their racist and bigoted fashion choices.

Yes, they have since apologized and even started a "diversity council," but there is still a disconnect in luxury fashion when it comes to producing styles that are insensitive to certain ethnicities and cultures. Most recently, Burberry debuted a hoodie with a tie resembling a noose around the neck.

Take a look at the style below.

(Photo: Vogue Runway)

Burberry held their FW 2019 show over the weekend during London Fashion Week lead by chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci. He designed an enormous collection consisting of 106 looks, including a hoodie with a tie resembling a noose.

A model, Liz Kennedy, who walked in the show, noticed the look backstage and wasted no time taking to social media to post her outrage for the iconic brand glamourizing suicide. 

See her Instagram post below.

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@burberry @riccardotisci17 Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway. How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck. A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look (even though I did not wear it myself). Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family. Also to add in they briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter. I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was “it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. The issue is not about me being upset, there is a bigger picture here of what fashion turns a blind eye to or does to gain publicity. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry. I did not post this to disrespect the designer or the brand but to simply express an issue I feel very passionate about.

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Although Ricardo Tisci and Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti responded with apologies and have since removed the hoodie from the collection, celebrities such as T.I. have taken to Instagram to discuss the ongoing issue with luxury brands being insensitive, saying, "These are not coincidences."

Will these brands ever get it? 

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)


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