Ever since Moschino’s hijinks in the mid-eighties—un-PC stunts that involved models crawling down the runway on all fours or carrying watermelons and kettles as handbags—designers have been committed to turning their presentations into provocative media spectacles—and not always with Moschino’s dazzling wit. Click here to see more of W's fashion scandals.
If religious imagery or class wars don’t cause an uproar, designers can
always play the race card. Just ask Viktor & Rolf, who were met with
public opprobrium when they showed their 2001 Black Hole collection
using models in blackface.