John Lewis withdraws children’s ‘Lollita’ evening dress from sale after backlash Bedford News

John Lewis withdrew from sale a children’s evening dress named “Lollita” after receiving criticism for storing it (Shutterstock)

John Lewis has withdrawn from sale a children’s evening dress named “Lollita” after receiving criticism for stocking it.

The Chi Chi London Lollita evening dress was on sale for children aged three to 11 on the retailer’s website for £ 50.

The name is similar to the 1955 novel Lolita, written by Vladimir Nabokov, which describes how a middle-aged teacher abused a 12-year-old girl.

What has been said on social media about the ‘Lollita’ dress?

TV presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell tweeted about the dress to her followers.

She said, “If you had to think of a name for a kid’s party dress, what wouldn’t you call it?” “

In response to his tweet, one person said: “This is grotesque and despicable.”

Another person added, “I couldn’t buy it with that name. Crazy to call it that. The dress is very pretty, but I couldn’t.

A Twitter user said it was different from the novel due to the presence of two “ls” in the name.

Dress described as “a favorite of evening wear”

The description of the dress, which previously appeared on John Lewis’s website, read: “This dress is sure to become one of the favorite among evening wear.

Lined in satin for a soft and comfortable finish, this pretty dress features delicate metallic embroidery, scalloped edges and a chiffon skirt with a tulle underlay, perfect for twirling on the dance floor.

Chi Chi London is a fashion brand that stocks their clothes with the department store.

The dress also does not appear on the company’s website.

A spokesperson for John Lewis said: “We have withdrawn this product from sale as soon as it was brought to our attention and we apologize for the inconvenience caused.”

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This notice was published: 2021-12-12 12:11:01

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