Miu Miu is pulling merchandise that featured a yellow star patch after people complained it looked like the yellow Star of David that Jewish people were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
On August 20 the Facebook page Jewish Chick posted a photo of a jacket with the star on it writing “Spotted: Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 2017 Collection... thoughts on the yellow star?” People took to the comments, with some wondering how the design even made it to the floor.
According to Yahoo Style UK, the Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew pulled the designs after customers complained. And on the Jewish Chick’s page she writes that Preia Narenda, the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Miu Miu, has also emailed her and wrote that “it was not Miu Miu’s intent in any way to make any political or religious statement, and we apologize for any offence that may have been taken. Kindly note that effective immediately these items will be removed from the collection.”
It’s worth noting that the garments, which were included Miu Miu’s pre-fall collection, were referencing styles from the 1940s and ’50s. But not everyone thinks the star resembles the yellow “Jude” star. Blogger Bryan Boy posted about the comparison on Twitter:
How about this: maybe it’s best, just to be safe, to steer clear from putting yellow star patches (five or six-pointed) on left hand side of shirts and jackets? There are plenty of other patch shapes to use. You could make a red heart-shaped patch, a blue circle, a big green penis-shaped patch, just, I don’t know, anything else!