Young designer Edda Gimnes has accused Moschino of copying her entire collection for its Spring 2019 collection, but Moschino designer Jeremy Scott responded with receipts.
The fashion industry is always trying to strike the balance between inspiration and plagiarism. How much can you borrow from another creator without infringing on their intellectual property rights?
When it comes to ubiquitous imagery, can anyone really own it in the first place? These are the questions designers (and their lawyers) must ask themselves when responding to and making accusations of plagiarism.
"But it is disheartening to see, after having a meeting with someone from Moschino in New York in November last year showing this person absolutely ALL My work and My original sketchbooks and ideas."
Images on the left are of Gimnes' work; images on the right are Moschino's.
"Seeing the Moschino show yesterday makes me so sad and I feel so hurt that someone has, the way it looks to me, unquestionably used my SS16 and SS17 collections as inspiration without granting me any credit."
"As a young designer one is so vulnerable and they probably think that this would go unnoticed. I will make sure it doesn’t."
"Have a look at the pictures from their show yesterday and make up your own minds!!"
However, others might argue that if Moschino is the true originator of the "scribble print," then perhaps Gimnes was inspired by Moschino and not vice versa.
"Trompe-l’œil has been a long-standing motif embedded in the Moschino DNA. Jeremy Scott’s eponymous line has also depicted sketches and doodles in collections far pre-dating this one," Moschino said in a statement.
"He continues to pay homage to Franco Moschino and was inspired by the conceptualization of a designer’s ideas coming to life on the runway in ‘incomplete forms’ ranging from the sketching and design process to the tailoring, pinning, and bolts of fabric choices draped on model forms."