From The BVX — It looks like the high fashion world isn’t done with the blackface trend just yet.
You might recall images of white models with darkened faces appearing in spreads for French Vogue and V Magazine — and even on an episode of America’s Next Top Model — late last year.
Now it seems a young emerging designer who covered her models in black paint from head-to-toe has won a prestigious award.
First reported on the A Shaded View of Fashion blog, at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography in the South of France this past weekend, Paris-based Mongolian designer Tsolmandakh Munkhuu, 33, won the public award for a collection that included entirely black looks, including entirely black skin.
While some members of the press are calling Munkhuu’s show “blackface,” we’re not so sure it’s not just a creative impulse, instead of a racial one, and the models could have just as well been covered in white paint.
In any case, Dutch avant-garde design duo Viktor & Rolf, who won the Hyères award when they were starting out, have also painted their models completely black for their shock-inducing runway shows on and off for nearly a decade. Perhaps Munkhuu was just playing homage.
What do you think about Munkhuu’s use of “blackface” per se? Is it offensive or just artsy?