Gucci sweater resembling racist blackface, $890

Gucci's $890 Sweater

Photo: Gucci via CNN

NBC News — In recent years, clothing brands around the globe have been caught in the public’s moral crosshairs following accusations of using racist imagery in marketing. Fashion powerhouse Gucci is in the hot seat this week after they released an $890 sweater that bears an uncanny resemblance to blackface, a derogatory characterization of black people that was used by white actors in the early 19th century.

The jet black sweater featured a pull-up turtleneck with bright red lips for a mouth cutout. Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, released a statement on Wednesday saying that the sweater was not intended to be received as a semblance of racism.

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