FASHION LAW: MOSCHINO AND JEREMY SCOTT SUED FOR COPYING STREET ARTISTS DESIGNS
As if right on cue and not by coincidence, August exposes yet another case of street artist conundrum. If you remember last summer FashionBoss reported that American Eagle Outfitters was being sued by Miami street artist, Ahol Sniffs Glue, for unlawfully using his work in a global advertising campaign without consent. Now, almost a year later, fashion house Moschino is in the same predicament.
Graffiti artist Joseph Tierney, or “Rime”, has filed a lawsuit against Moschino for using art from one of his murals (a piece in Detroit entitled “Vandal Eyes”) to design a similar print for a dress donned by Katy Perry to attend the Met Gala in May. Whatever happened to “learn from example”?
Moschino and its creative director, Jeremy Scott, are not only being sued for copying Rime’s Vandal Eyes piece, but for also including his signature in some of the pieces in the Moschino fall 2015 collection. Like many designer/celebrity collaborations, Katy Perry was paid to wear the dress to the Met Gala to help generate publicity for the fashion brand. On the red carpet, the duo carried fake spray paint cans with signature Moschino branding.
The suit comments “If this literal misappropriation were not bad enough, Moschino and Jeremy Scott did their own painting over that of the Artist – superimposing the Moschino and Jeremy Scott brand names in spray-paint style as if part of the original work.”
Rime plans to bring the case to court claiming copyright infringement, publicity rights and unfair competition.