Brooklyn Law School was left mortified after it allowed Italian design company Diesel to shoot lingerie in its library, in the mistaken belief that the photos were for a jeans campaign.
The school was forced to apologise to students and staff for the images, which reportedly portrayed a braless, bespectacled model hiding behind the library’s book shelves. Another showed a male and female couple romping amongst legal tomes.
In an e-mail to them, interim dean Michael Gerber said: “We are as shocked and mortified as you must be by these photographs.
“When the school gave its permission to do the shoot, the school was assured that the photos would be in good taste. They are not.”
An image of two women in lingerie climbing over library computers sparked particular ire from the student body, with one female law student telling the New York Post: “It’s gross. I work on those computers every day.”
A member of staff was reportedly present throughout the photo-shoot, for which the law school was paid a fee. The shoot was organised through an advertising agency employed by Diesel. The brand is yet to release a statement on the incident.