Lisa Blue designer issues an apology

Pic Top: Models at the RAFW with Lisa Blue Swimwear Pic Bottom: Goddess Lakshmi

Hindus worldwide have been upset at the latest swimwear depicting image of Goddess Lakshmi by Byron Bay designer Lisa Burke whose label ”˜Lisa Blue’ created an uproar when it was showcased at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week held between May 2 – 6 in Sydney. The swimsuit shows Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and beauty – on the front and back of the cutaway design and has offended people across continents with protests carried out in India.

Said Burke about the label as she issued an apology on Facebook and Twitter to the Hindu community, “Lisa Blue has been born out of a love of conservation, spirituality and a respect for all people. At no time would we ever have intended that the brand would cause offence. The use of images of Goddess Lakshmi was not in any way a measure of calculated risk taking, simply it was a desire to celebrate different cultures and share that through our brand.

“We apologise to the Hindu community and take this matter very seriously.”

“We would like to offer an apology to anyone we may have offended and advise that the image of Goddess Lakshmi will not appear on any piece of Lisa Blue swimwear for the new season, with a halt put on all production of the new range and pieces shown on the runway from last week removed. This range will never be available for sale in any stockists or retail outlets anywhere in the world,” Ms Burke posted on the label’s Facebook page on Saturday May 7.

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