Fashion Law: Isabel Marant Cleared of Plagiarism Charges
If you recall, back in June we reported news surrounding Isabel Marant and allegations that the designer copied the traditional dress pieces of a Mexico community for her spring/summer 2015 Etoile Isabel Marant line. In recent news, the luxury designer has been cleared of all charges.
To recap briefly the dispute – Antik Batik and Mexico’s Tlahuitoltepec community claimed property of the designs in question, blatantly accusing Marant of plagiarism. In response, Marant argued that the designs were simply inspired by the traditional patterns displayed by the Tlahuitoltepec community and could therefore not have belonged to Antik Batik.
Marant’s lawyer, Jean-Marc Felzenszwalbe commented on the Paris courts’ decision by stating: “The court not only upheld that the design came from the said village, but that Antik Batik couldn’t claim any property rights on it either.”
The court ordered Antik Bantik to pay 3,000 euros ($3,262 at current exchange) to cover Marant’s legal fees which Felzenszwalbe referred to as “a symbolic figure.”
Antik Batik shared no commentary on the matter.by