Gucci jumped into the abortion debate with its latest Cruise collection that made it clear that the high-end designer’s creative director Alessandro Michele’s supports abortion.
The line featured items including white dress embroidered with a flowering uterus, a purple sweater with the words, “My Body, My Choice,” written across the back, and a sweater with embellished with the date “May 22, 1978,” which marks the day abortion was legalized in Italy.
Michele said new abortion restrictions in some parts of the U.S. “made me consider how much women should be highly respected,” The Associated Press reported.
“Sometimes in life choices are difficult, but I believe that it is the most difficult decision for a woman. I respect that decision. I respect that decision as I respect the idea that the uterus is a garden,” he told reporters after the show.
The luxury fashion label presented its 2020 Cruise Collection on Tuesday evening to a VIP crowd, including Elton John and Naomi Campbel at Rome’s Capitoline Museum.
“I wanted to portray the idea that to interrupt a pregnancy does not wipe out the garden, the flower, that is the uterus of every woman,” he said.
Also, included in the collection were T-shirts that read, “Chime,” short for Gucci’s Chime for Change charity. The charity describes itself as a global campaign “to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality.”
In February, the designer label came under fire for its black balaclava sweater after receiving complaints that it looked like blackface makeup.
The company pulled the $890 ski-mask style top that featured large red lips that outlined the wearer’s mouth.
It also issued an apology for the offense it may have caused.