Dolce & Gabbana has cancelled its Shanghai ‘The Great Show’ amid controversy surrounding social media posts that were deemed by some viewers to be racist to Chinese consumers.
The show, which was set to be the biggest in the company’s 33-year history, was cancelled due to a social media row that followed a post of an Asian model eating spaghetti, pizza and cannoli with chopsticks.
A statement released by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana read, “Our dream was to bring to Shanghai a tribute event dedicated to China that tells our story and vision. It was not simply a fashion show, but something that we created especially with love and passion for China and all the people around the world who loves [sic] Dolce & Gabbana.
“What happened today was very unfortunate not only for us, but also for all the people who worked day and night to bring this event to life. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to express our gratitude to our friends and guests.”
The posts were said to be demeaning to Chinese people and heavy with innuendos, with Weibo taking them down. Critics took to the page to express their distaste, with some offensive comments being aimed at these reviews, which were said to be as a result of hacking on Gabbana’s Instagram page.