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Gucci removes £689 sweater from stores after 'blackface' backlash

Gucci's polo-neck has been ridiculed on social media as insensitive and racist. Credit: Gucci/Spring

Gucci has apologised for a wool sweater after complaints that it resembled blackface make-up, and said the item had been pulled from its online and physical stores.

The $890 (£689) polo-neck "balaclava" sweater, part of the autumn/winter 2018 collection, covers the bottom half of the face and has a cutout mouth with large red lips.

It was the latest case of an Italian fashion house having to apologise for cultural or racial insensitivity.

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In a statement posted on Twitter, Gucci said it was committed to diversity and considered it a "fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make".

It comes after being ridiculed on social media as insensitive and racist.

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In December, Prada said it was no longer selling a line of accessories that featured a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints they resembled blackface.

And last year, Dolce & Gabbana cancelled a Shanghai runway show and apologised after complaints that an advertising campaign featuring a Chinese model trying to eat pizza, spaghetti and a cannoli with chopsticks was culturally insensitive.