Remember when I discussed my disgust over counterfeit bags? If not, you can catch up here. I recently found this article on The High Low and I thought it would be a great connection to start another conversation on the topic of artistic license.
We’ve all heard about the YSL v. Louboutin case. It’s a known fact that Zara mimics the runways and has it in stores 3 weeks later. We also know about how Forever 21 likes to have eerily similar pieces to other famous designers. Case in point below: Anna Sui vs. Forever 21 knockoff.
Where do we draw the line? While I agree that the majority of the population cannot afford designer fashion, does that give fast fashion retailers the right to infringe on a designer’s vision? It’s a very thin line that calls for the professionals, aka the law. I am very interested in the difference between an inspiration, say a color scheme or silhouette, versus blatant copying.
I think you all know my feelings on this subject. My viewpoint: get your own ideas. I see it no different than plagiarism. I understand the motives. I get it. Companies want to make money. The trickle down effect has been in place for centuries and will probably never go away. However, using a print that is barely indistinguishable (such as above) should be cause for major reparations. There are other ways to go about portraying a trend and capturing “the look” of the season. C’est la vie! Until major legal changes are made, I believe this will continue to happen.
What are your feelings on the matter?