By Linda Nuamah
The S/S 2013 collection of Dolce & Gabbana has opened a doorway to the past for a lot of people; accompanied with all the good and bad feelings that comes with it.
Fashion has never been politically correct, so what’s all the fuzz about seeing black cartoonish faces on prints and earrings in the Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2013 collection? According to Dolce & Gabbana the collection is inspired by “the most profound” Sicilian tradition. The prints and accessories shows the famous images of ancient Sicilian street theatres, also called the ‘Blackamoor or Italian moretto’. These are portraits of black African males used in sculpture, jewellery and art. The Blackamoor is portrayed with a turban (headwear), and covered in rich jewels. Let’s say it’s the typical illustration of Black Africans in early 18th century. Since then we have evolved, and this particular art form has become rare because of sensitivities with portrayal of Black people as “exotic” and decorative.
So why is Dolce & Gabbana paying a tribute to this dying art form? Personally I think it’s a staggering line. The collection is very feminine and reminds me of the graceful women of Africa. It’s warm, vibrant, and welcoming; no matter the challenges, it can endure all times and remains graceful.
The Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2013 is a true Homage to Black Folks.