>> When copyright infringement occurs in fashion, the guilty consciences typically belong to high street chains like Forever 21 or Canal Street handbag peddlers, not a high fashion designer. They're usually more careful, and use phrases like "emulate" or "inspired by" when using other people's ideas. Unfortunately for John Galliano, the Spring/Summer 2007 ad campaign for his eponymous line were a little too inspired by William Klein's series of Paris photographs.
Galliano's company was ordered on March 28 to pay 200,000 euros to Klein for "unauthorized use of his atmospheric imagery in an advertising campaign" -- and I have to say, rightly so. Above, Galliano's spring ad strikingly resembles the layout of Klein's 1995 photograph of French high school students protesting on the streets of Paris, right. Galliano's lawyer has appealed the decision, in an attempt to lower the fine, arguing that the images in the ads were different, and therefore not plagiarized.
Whatever happens, at least John can have bragging rights -- the man who seems to so enjoy dressing as a pirate has had a true piracy encounter.