Fashion Law: Moschino’s Jeremy Scott Responds to Copyright Suit
In August we reported the legal dispute between graffiti artist “Rime” and Moschino’s Jeremy Scott that dealt with the unlawful use of one of Rimes murals that was used by the luxury design house for a gown worn by Katy Perry. Rime, or rather Joseph Tierney, filed a lawsuit against the designer claiming copyright infringement, publicity rights and unfair competition.
After a few months of letting the pot boil, Jeremy Scott has now fired back against lawsuit stipulations declaring an in-house graphic artist at Moschino “selected and created” the print in question. Scott, Moschino’s creative director, mentions that his idea behind creating a graffiti-based collection was original, however; he is not responsible for designing the print. The designer behind the print was not identified in the filing.
Scott seems to have used his filing as a method for outlining his design ethos and detract critics who have deemed his work as too mass. He commented: “As an artist, my expressive work may not always be ‘on trend’ or follow the zeitgeist of a particular fashion season, as dictated by the likes of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. Instead, my work speaks to a larger message and it is just as likely to cause viewers to question our values and our relationship with societal institutions as it is to elicit compliments about the work itself.”
Rime’s lawsuit stresses his personal feelings towards using street art on ultra-expensive clothing as provoking and generating publicity for the brand or designer. It further states that the brand “paid Perry to advertise and display the clothing at the gala, a high-profile party thrown annually by one of the nation’s most venerable institutions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Not only did Perry and Scott advertise, wear and display the clothing at the event, they arrived at the event in a spray-painted Rolls Royce, and even carried around Moschino-branded cans of fake spray paint during the event, as if defendants were responsible for the artwork.”
In an effort to further his case Scott mentions in his filing that while on the surface his work takes on a more humorous approach to real life issues, below the surface his work compels viewers to ask questions and prod about larger social issues. He cites his take on military headgear using his helmet design with large disc ears evocative of Mickey Mouse that Rihanna wore in her “Hard” music video as an example to “communicate the inherently puerile nature of war.”by