IN­SPI­RA­TION OR STEAL­ING: THE FASH­ION WAR ON DE­SIGN ‘COPIES’

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By KONyE CHELSEA NWABOGOR al­though it’s no se­cret that most up com­ing de­sign­ers rely heav­ily on the ideas of high­end de­sign­ers, these brands typ­i­cally deny ac­cu­sa­tions of straight-up pla­gia­rism. and be­cause many of us aren’t ac­cus­tomed to see­ing in­stances of bla­tant de­sign theft, we more of­ten than not de­cide to be­lieve that the cre­ation could sim­ply be an in­spi­ra­tion es­pe­cially if it falls un­der an in-trend. some­times though, it can be too ob­vi­ous, case in study the fea­tured piece here orig­i­nally worn by lady Gaga in 2014. it was cus­tom made for her by fash­ion de­signer Bran­don Maxwell. Fast for­ward to 2017, a replica piece was re­cently spot­ted on Bev­erly osu from up and com­ing fash­ion de­sign house Mag­netic el­e­gance. From the colour, to the tur­ban, to the thigh high slit, it is safe to con­clude that this is an ob­vi­ous copy. of course, what com­pli­cates fast fash­ion’s bla­tant copy­ing of run­way de­signs is that high-end de­sign­ers copy each other all the time. in fact, some peo­ple have ar­gued that copy­ing within fash­ion speeds up trend cy­cles and also puts pres­sure on de­sign­ers to be even more cre­ative. still, it is the cre­ative in­dus­try and so orig­i­nal­ity is part of the job de­scrip­tion. Bear­ing

LADy GAGA IN this in mind, pla­gia­rism

BRAN­DON should be dis­cour­aged and to­tally frowned MAxWELL upon. This im­age when put side by side sparked a de­bate on so­cial me­dia and while some were of the opin­ion that copy­cats di­lute brand eq­uity and dam­age sales, oth­ers ar­gued that copy­cats are, in fact, healthy for the fash­ion in­dus­try, be­cause they keep trend cy­cles turn­ing. Find be­low two of the re­ally in­ter­est­ing ones.

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