It seems fashion brands are lacking a cultural sensitivity chip. Just weeks after Paul Frank‘s Native American-themed pow wow sparked backlash, Victoria’s Secret has come under fire for their “Sexy Geisha” outfit.
The product is a part of the lingerie retailer’s “Go East” collection and it is marketed as a “ticket to an exotic adventure… Sexy little fantasies, there’s one for every sexy you.” The exoticism is only the tip of the iceberg.
The “Sexy Geisha” outfit, which reads more like an offensive Halloween costume, includes a cut-out teddy, floral peplum, tasseled chopsticks and a fan via The Fashion Bomb.
Like Paul Frank, Victoria’s Secret has “apologized” by way of removing the entire “Go East” collection from their website.
But you have to wonder, given all the channels a product must go through before it reaches the public, how such an offensive outfit wasn’t flagged during the production process?