Plagiarism is Pervasive in Global Fashion

Elsa-Schiaparelli-and-ValentinoPlagiarism may be the oldest form of flattery but it’s definitely not a pleasant one. High-Street labels copying styles and designs from the top-end designer labels has become virtually acceptable but what do you say to Valentino copying from Elsa Schiaparelli? Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino transformed textile to music sheet for the brand’s Spring 2014 Couture show. Schiaparelli’s Fall 1939 music-themed collection celebrated music, quite literally, with drum-shaped button closures, embroidered musical notes and music boxes designed into belts and hats. This particular dress, owned by heiress Millicent Rogers and housed at the Costume Institute at the Met, features musical notes and symbols embroidered in metallic thread on organza, paired with a belt designed with a working music box as the buckle.

Mert-and-Marcus-and-Mario-SorrentiPlagiarism is there in advertisement too. The advertisement for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance campaign featuring Cara Delevingne is a ditto copy of photographer duo – Mert & Marcus’ editorial for Love Magazine’s spring/summer 2013 issue that co-incidentally featured Cara Delevingle.

This expose’ has been made by Partnouveau, a website that digs out blatant plagiarism acts in the world of fashion. The site is very strong in research and regularly exposes the ugly side of the glossy fashion world.



5 Replies to “Plagiarism is Pervasive in Global Fashion”

  1. Colossial says:

    Everyone one copies jack these copied goods are called dupes or cheaper version.Ever heard about the brand Makeup revolution london.It is known to copy the most expensive makeup products at cheaper price.Anyways I liked Elsa Schiaparelli dress much more better than Valentino’s dress.

  2. Laveena says:

    If you have to take the idea of musical notes, like a motif, you give it your own spin to set yourself apart as a designer. Commonly referred to as treatment; for example how you would work with paisleys or a rose print. Some years back designers everywhere took to conceptualizing their own version of space or galaxy print, a nebula or trees. It is shocking to see how the duo at Valentino have mooched off of Schiaparelli’s work, and then it isn’t. Considering their past collections were abound with repetitions like those high neck, long dresses with long sleeves in lace and sheer that made you vomit after a while because it was everywhere. I’m guessing it was to keep their Qatari owners happy.

    Plagiarism aside, people seem hard up for inspiration. In the just concluded Lakme Fashion Week, the upcoming designers’ presentations took one too many cues from their predecessors like Nupur Kanoi, Dev R Nil, Anamika Khanna and even Nishka Lulla!

    The above design copy case presented is still beautiful and high on aesthetics. What is presented at times on our ramps, for the world to see; it’s a monstrosity because the clothes are made so badly, poor designs aside. The so called pundits give those lazy, unimaginative ‘designers’ a pat on the back, and the media hypes them which hampers consumer awareness; – when a section of society perceives ugly clothes as awesome and believes it to be great.

    When there is indeed, a lot of beautiful fashion in our country which you’ll never find in fashion week, in advertisements or in the pages of top fashion magazines. Like the artful weavers, designers and textile mavens who are not publicity hungry, who quietly do business in the background, focused because they could do without all the noise. Also smart men and women with clever ideas and good choice, in colour, fabric,etc – they do a better job getting clothes made for themselves or their family members with the help of their neighbourhood darzi, you’d think they put some of our notorious designers to shame. Designers bank on runway shows to make a name as quickly as possible and grab eyeballs, I wish they would at least ensure their clothes are made well. Sloppy wavering hems and seams are unbecoming..and so is bad bust fits and ugly attempts at draping, nobody needs to see that because that way you open yourself up for public scrutiny.

    Let it also be known that very few creatives produce consistently good work or one hit collection after another. Creativity peaks, that’s a sad reality we all have to deal with.

    Making way for the brag-worthy artists of the underground, concurrently the Western media applaud the work of Raf Simons for Dior, Heidi Slimane at Saint Laurent, Nicolas Ghesquire for Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang for Balenciaga. They are smart because they are commercially successful? I know ultimately it’s the numbers that do the talking, but way to cover up unexciting humdrum!

  3. nyahk says:

    @jack, can you do a post about katrina’s shady past and the truth about her and ranbir’s relationship? thanks!

  4. etios says:

    @nyahk: Jack has already posted about Katrina’s shady past on this blog, here is the link:

  5. nyak says:

    Thanks. But I also meant her association with the cult children of god. Also I wonder, how is a family like Kapoors, who are so traditional, okay with her past and background?

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