Fashion Designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua and more Wear Blackface to African Themed ‘Disco Africa’ Halloween Party

Y’all, it is 2013. 2013!!!!
Why is this stuff still happening?
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Last night, for a Halloween party with a ‘Disco Africa’ theme, several Italian fashion insiders, including designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua, came in blackface. Here he is, posing below with Stefano Gabbana (of Dolce & Gabbana) and Juan Fran Sierra.
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The fête was documented by Russian photographer Zhanna Romashka, who put a slew of party pictures on her blog
See a few more ‘artistic’ interpretations of Africa below:

Carlotta Oddi and Paula Cadematori
Carlotta Oddi and Paula Cadematori

Photographer Zhanna Romashka and Anna Dello Russo
Photographer Zhanna Romashka and Anna Dello Russo

Carlo Mengucci
Carlo Mengucci

Unidentified Party Guests
Unidentified Party Guests

A black man was actually at this party, and got into costume along with everyone else
A black man was actually at this party, and got into costume along with everyone else

Blackface is antiquated, has been deemed controversial across the board, and is racially insensitive. It is steeped in a negative history, pointing back to a time in American history when blacks were considered 3/5th of a human being–unfit to represent themselves, so white actors took the lead (at first), painting their skin brown and propagating some of the most pernicious and dehumanizing stereotypes of black people at the time (minstrel shows characterized blacks as lazy, superstitious, and buffoonish).
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Do fashionable Italians live in a bubble? It would seem so. The uproar over Blackface in fashion has been constant and consistent ever since Carine Roitfeld painted Lara Stone brown for Paris Vogue. The enduring message: this is not ok!
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That this whole party was full of people in blackface shows a startling predomination of ignorance, abetted by fashion designers and insiders we admire. We are not moving forward people, we are moving backwards.
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What do you think of these party pix?

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See the full selection of pictures on Zhanna Romashka’s blog, See a few more pix on her Instagram, @ZhannaRomashka, and check the hashtags #hallowood2013 and #discoafrica for the full scope (before they’re deleted. Zhanna suppressed all blackface photos, and @DellAcqua’s Instagram, along with many others, is now private).
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Also, check out our Blackface category (yes we have one) to see recent moments of Blackface in fashion.
*Thanks to Bisous Natasha, @TheShoeGawker, and more who alerted me to this this morning.


Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style blog in the world.