World's most controversial fashion advertisements (MNSFW)

Triveni BakshiJul 1 2010

I sometimes wonder what makes the fashion people promote their stuff with the help of ridiculous things like group sex or suggestive positions. Well, maybe, it sells. Whereas some of these provocative advertisements pass the censor board, the others are never aired. Below are 20 adverts of the leading brands which were taken negatively by the public and had to be removed from their places. Have a look...

controversial fashion advertisements
controversial fashion advertisements

Opium Perfume

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yves saint laurent

Sophie Dahl posed nude in this advertisement of YSL, which was greeted with a lot of negativity by the public. The ad was then termed as inappropriate and banned from the billboards as it portrayed suggestive posing.

Gucci

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gucci

This advertisement by Gucci in the year 2003 was very controversial as its shocking sexual undertone attacked the woman dignity. The ad showed model Carmen Kass seductively lowering her underwear, revealing her pubic hair, which are shaven in the form of Gucci’s trademark ‘G’ and a man at her feet gazing at her vagina.

Calvin Klein

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calvin klein

Calvin Klein brand has been prone to controversies regarding their advertisements. They ought to have a naked lady or a half-nude male in their photos. These advertisements gained unpopularity because of the suggestive positions and inappropriate poses.

Intimates

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elle macpherson

The A.S.A banned this advertisement as it was taken as a presentation of female masturbation viewed through the lens. The ad never hit the billboards.

Tom Ford For Men

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tom ford for men

In August 2007, Tom Ford yet again created a controversy with his cologne advertisement. It was greeted with a lot of negativity as the perfume was placed between the legs of a women and was barely covering her vagina. It has been the most controversial ad till this date.

Sisley

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sisley

Sisley, a Benetton Group Company always manages to create a hype with their provocative adverts. Like this one which encountered a vocal opposition to the suggestive white liquid falling on the models face.

Dolce & Gabbana

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dolce gabbana

This advertisement appeared in the year 2007 and was taken very negatively by the public. It got banned it Italy on the grounds that it was encouraging gang rape. It was treated as a wild sexual encounter by the rest of the world.

Diesel

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diesel

This advertisement made the American feminists furious as they claimed that the photos were promoting sexism and group sexual behavior on a large scale. The advert got banned and never hit the stores.

Jean Paul Gaultier

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jean paul gaultier

This 1995 advertisement by Jean Paul Gaultier was greeted with negativity as according to the social activists it was causing an insult to the idea of interracial marriages.

Emanuel Ungaro

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emanuel ungaro

This 2002 advert of Emanuel Ungaro met with world wide protests because of the seductive poses and suggestive positions by the model in the pictures. The ad got banned and was never aired.

Sisley

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sisely 1

Here comes Sisley again. In 2001, it was the white fluid on the face and in 2007, the models were seeing posing for this clothing store in a manner that was clearly looking like a drug intake.

Akademics

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akademics

The 2004 advert of Akademics in which a hot girl is shown reading a book with a headline "Read Books, Get Brain" gained a lot of criticism as "get brain" means get head - the sexual context. The ad was banned.

Tom Ford

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tom ford

And here comes Tom Ford Again. In 2008, this advertisement was banned in Italy as it was taken as a vulgar picture causing harm to women.

United Colours of Benetton

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united colours of benetton 1

This 1996 advert of United Colours of Benetton gained a lot of criticism as the horses were photographed in an inappropriate pose. The posters of the ad were asked to be removed from all the shops.

American Apparel

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american apparel

This advertisement of American Apparel was greeted with a lot of negativity as it was depicting a sexualized child who is exposing more skin with each photo. The ad got banned and was never aired.

M7 Fragrance

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yves saint laurent 1

This 2002 advertisement shot by Yves Saint Laurent was offensive to many people as it showed a fully naked man with just a perfume bottle by his side. The advertisement got banned and Laurent didn't receive very good comments too.

French Connection

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french connection

This advert of French Connection received 127 complaints and was taken as very offensive by the public. The ad showed two women kissing each other after a martial-arts contest.

Calvin Klein Jeans

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calvin klein 1

I sometimes wonder if Calvin Klein sells jeans or sex because every advert of this brand has to be provocative. This ad received negative comments as it was taken as a promotion of group sex.

United Colours of Benetton

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united colours of benetton 2

Here comes UCB again! And this time with condoms of different colors. During the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic games, Untied Colours of Benetton came out with this advertisement, which was banned by the ASA.

Dolce& Gabbana

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dolce gabbana 1

French Connection showed the intimacy among the women and D&G showed a brief kiss among the men and like FCUK, this one too gained a lot of negativity. The public said that it was unsuitable for the children to watch.