Saturday, July 16, 2011


 We see it everywhere- fashion/gossip blogs, your favourite magazine, and even television; how to find star style without paying astronomical prices.  Each day we are given tips and solutions on how to find some of the best looks that celebrities have worn without hurting the piggy bank since after all, we don't have the same size bank accounts as celebs.

But how do these knock offs affect the supposedly original designers?  Should there be a kind of legislation that protects designs from being copied by other designers and/or companies?

The Council of Fashion Designers of America have campaigned to enact some sort of protection for original designs.

''One of the biggest differences in the new bill is that designers would have to prove that a copy is “substantially identical” to their originals, rather than “substantially similar.” And they would have to prove that their designs were truly original, that the defendant’s design was an infringement and that the defendant indeed had knowledge of their work.'' as stated in The New York Times.  

Allen Schwartz is the man who made it possible for budding brides all over the world to have the infamous Kate dress and for another lucky lady to wear the Pippa dress.

“Pretty much anything that is created in fashion, he argued, is the result of what is in the air, so if two people are doing the same thing, it means they are both on trend. It’s hard to prove because it’s not the truth. Can you imagine? These people would go around saying they made the first asymmetrical dress. It’s egocentric and it’ll never fly.” Mr Schwartz stated.

I have to say I kind of agree with him, although his dresses (as shown above) were in my opinion clearly made as a result of the Royal Wedding with knowledge it would sell for precisely that reason.

How do you feel about the possibility of it becoming harder to find reasonably priced versions of your favourite famous outfits?  Are you for further protection of designs?  Do you think it will work? Do you think designers should make their clothing more affordable in the first place as to deter people from buying knock offs?  (for every need and demand there is a market that will supply it)

Tell me your opinions.

No comments:

Post a Comment