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John Lewis withdraws children’s evening dress from sale after backlash UK News

John Lewis withdrew a children’s evening dress named “Lollita” from sale after facing backlash from consumers.

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

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.

John Lewis’ ‘Lollita’ dress faces backlash on social media

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.

Statement by John Lewis

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 that’s perfect for twirling around 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A spokesperson for John Lewis said: “We have withdrawn this product from sale as soon as it was brought to our attention and we apologize for the inconvenience caused.”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: 2021-12-13 06:58:07

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