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Prada subsidiary drops clothing line featuring yellow stars

Italian firm apologizes for offense following outcry from Jewish leaders

Miu Miu dress with a yellow star. (Facebook via JTA)
Miu Miu dress with a yellow star. (Facebook via JTA)

An Italian fashion design house removed a line of clothing from its collection that featured a yellow star reminiscent of what Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The Miu Miu Italian fashion house, a subsidiary of Prada, said it would remove the clothing items immediately after being contacted Monday evening by the World Jewish Congress, the WJC said in a statement.

In a message to WJC, Preia Narendra, senior vice president of marketing & communications at Miu Miu, said: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It was not Miu Miu’s intent in any way to make any political or religious statement, and we apologize for any offense that may have been taken. Kindly note that effective immediately these items will be removed from the collection.”

The clothing items, including dresses, shirts and skirts, in a back-to school motif, included a name tag patch with the company’s logo, and a five-point yellow star name patch with a name, such as John, embroidered in it.

A dress with the name patch was being sold online for $2,170.

“The World Jewish Congress commends Miu Miu and its parent company Prada on its swift attention and action to the concerns we raised regarding the use of the yellow star on its clothing items,” WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said in a statement. “At this critical time, when anti-Semitism and bigotry are rearing their heads in the public sphere, we must continue to exercise caution and show sensitivity in every sphere and sector.”

The Jerusalem Post reported that a jacket and skirt featuring the yellow-star patches were still featured on the Miu Miu website as of Tuesday evening.

Other clothing items in the collection included a red or purple star patch, or a patch shaped like a rectangle.

Three years ago, international clothing chain Zara apologized for selling a blue-and-white-striped shirt with a six-pointed yellow star on the chest. The shirt, for toddler boys, was identified as a “striped sheriff T-shirt.”

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