Fashion police? French minister compares veiled women to ‘negroes who supported slavery’

Published March 30th, 2016 - 07:56 GMT
French ministers and fashion designers have lashed out against the growing trend of fashion houses creating modest wear for Muslim customers. (File photo)
French ministers and fashion designers have lashed out against the growing trend of fashion houses creating modest wear for Muslim customers. (File photo)

The French minister for women's rights and families Laurence Rossgnol on Wednesday sparked outraged when she compared veiled women to "negroes who supported slavery," AFP reported.

The minister's comments came after former fashion mogul Pierre Berge - who ran the fahsion house Yves Saint Laurent for 40 years - also lashed out against the growing Islamic fashion trend, accusing designers of taking part in the "enslavement of women."

Berge took aim in particular at the wave of international fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, who have catered to the Muslim market by designing couture headscarves, tunic tops, and floor-length dresses.

Rossignol later apologized for using the n-word in her comment, but otherwise stood by her statement. She later told AFP that she had made an "error of language."

"Creators should have nothing to do with Islamic fashion. Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship which imposes this abominable thing by which we hide women and make them live a hidden life," Berge said.


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