The very thin line between inspiration and plagiarism that was (almost) crossed

The very thin line between inspiration and plagiarism that was (almost) crossed

In this time of age, we could state that the world of fashion is richly filled with creations and talent. Artists draw a lot of inspiration from each other’s work, because to be honest, you probably won’t be much inspired staring at a white wall. Creatives use ideas and mistakes of others to create something new.

One of the most talked about fashion brands during F/W 2018 was definitely CELINE. As Phoebe Philo left the brand she made iconic, she was replaced by former Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane. Known for his sexy and slightly provocative style, this change for CELINE made many fashion enthusiasts anxious about its future. Looking at this collection, we could almost say that he ‘picked up where he left off’. The new styles of CELINE are highly inspired by his latest collection for Saint Laurent, almost wondering if they were ‘copied’. Plagiarizing yourself wouldn’t be possible, so in this case we’ll just say that level of creativity was left behind. (Picture 1 to 3; left: Saint Lauren F/W16. right: CELINE F/W18)

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Area is a New York based ‘indie’ fashion brand. Their collections feature RTW, accessories and shoes. The crystal fringe is almost a signature of the brand, returning in many products the brand offers. It was because of this reason people were disappointed when Man Reppeller’s Leandra Cohen released a sandal containing this exact signature.

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Virgil Abloh, a designer who has gotten his inspiration from all kinds of artists, isn’t a new example when critics talk about ‘copying’. Inspired by 1967 work ‘Painting/Sculpture’ by conceptual art collective Art & Language, he created his “signature” labeling. Many would discuss if he is a legit artist, because too many resemblances were made with previous artworks.

Painting/Sculpture’ by conceptual art collective Art & Language vs. Off-White’s signature labeling
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AG Fronzoni’s ‘Fontana Galleria La Polena Genova 1-28 Ottobre 1966” vs. Off White‘s FW16 t-shirt
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Abloh’s latest promo for his art exhibition at SSENSE Montréal next to Lucio Fontana’s 1967 work “Attese”, from the Concetto Spaziale series
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