FASHION REPITITON: NEXT ON THE PLAGIARISM CHOPPING BLOCK – ISABEL MARANT
Isabel Marant and her namesake brand are no strangers to headline grabbing news. Earlier this year we recapped the case between Marant and Adidas where the latter accused Marant of copyright infringement surrounding the famous Superstar sneakers. This time around, Marant is being targeted again for copying the traditional dress pieces of a Mixe Mexico community for her spring/summer 2015 Etoile Isabel Marant line.
The indigenous community in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca is seeking damages from the designer and possibly looking to enforce legal action.
The community commented: “Isabel Marant is committing a plagiarism because the Etoile spring/summer 2015 collection contains the graphical elements specific to the Tlahuitoltepec blouse, a design which has transcended borders, and is not a novel creation as is confirmed by the designer.”
The fashion house responded that “Before the district court of Paris, Isabel Marant is fighting to set the record straight: she has presented submissions which expressly point out that these designs come from the village of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec in the province of Oaxaca, in Mexico. Moreover, Ms. Isabel Marant, after tracing the true origin of these clothes, officially informed the court: ‘For her part, Ms. Isabel Marant does not claim to be the author of this tunic and these designs.’”
Will this be a never-ending pattern for the pattern maker herself?