It’s been a rightfully horrible week for the founders of Dolce and Gabbana, and things keep getting worse after their horrific comments about “synthetic” children and gay-headed families. But as celebrities boycott the company, employees are also leaving the sinking ship with Giuliano Federico leading the way. Federico, the director of the company’s magazine Swide, has resigned after 17 years.
His resignation, which was posted on Facebook, is below…
Dear Facebook friends,
I’m writing here to inform you all that today I’ve presented my resignation as editorial director at Swide.com, Dolce & Gabbana’s magazine. It has been a difficult but clear decision. Over the last years, together with the editorial team and many independent contributors from all over the world, we’ve been telling tales from the past and the present about Italians and Italy, following the extraordinary way of Stefano and Domenico in making the Italian culture and traditions a pop statement.
I believe that fashion designers should stay in their own routes simply designing clothes, even if Stefano and Domenico always successfully aimed in putting their own personal values into their collections.
Although recent personal opinions expressed by the two designers in the interview for Panorama magazine regarding the idea of family and the way human beings can create their own families, values that are central in the public Italian political debate , are in total conflict with my personal beliefs and with my commitments towards civil rights in my country.
For this reason I’ve resigned from my role as editorial director at Swide.com. It is time that each of us makes little actions to claim their own beliefs.
I’m proud of being Italian, proud of our past and traditions, but I believe that Italy can look at a more modern and equal future for our citizens and children. All children.