Friend Friday: Copying in the Fashion Industry

It is that time of the week again. Time for me to answer questions from Katy at Modly Chic. Last weeks topic was something that has been talked about all over the blogosphere, fall fashion. Today we are back to the hard hitting subjects. We are discussing copying in the fashion industry. If you want to join us head on over to Katy’s blog.
1. Which side do you take… Copycat designs are a way for the average consumer to stay current and wear runway styles without breaking the bank OR Copycat designs take business from the designer and cheapen the value of their work. Explain. I guess I fall under the first option. However, I prefer to see designs that are similar without being an exact copy. Obviously, Forever 21 and other stores aren’t going to have same quality of product and craftsmanship as the designer piece it is fashioned after.
I believe fashion is for the people, and some people can afford to purchase designer items, and others can’t. For myself and the others who can’t I don’t think we should purchase knock-offs that are being passed as the real deal. But I don’t see a problem with purchasing items that are inspired by the runway.

2. Sometimes we do things, even if they are unethical or illegal (downloading music for free, watching full movies on YouTube). Do you think it is unethical for a designer to copy a vintage piece, make it current and sell it? To this one I’m going to say no. Fashion is always going to repeat itself, so the tea length dresses my grandma wore are fashionable for me to wear today and probably again when my daughter is my age. However, finding vintage pieces isn’t a walk in the park to do. Sites like Modcloth that sell vintage and vintage inspired pieces are very invaluable to the wannabe vintage fashionista. 

3. Would you buy an item that is a very well done copy of a runway garment if it fell within your budget? Honestly, I have to resort back to my first answer and say if they are passing it off as an authentic piece, no.
4. According to the fashion laws, at least in the US, apparel design is seen as too utilitarian to qualify for copyright protection. Would you think this is detrimental to the industry or beneficial. (Check out this video on The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe to get a better idea of this concept: If they begin to copyright apparel design then the cost of all clothing ,designer or not is going to rise. If manufacturers or designers have to pay to use a sleeve they are going to pass that cost on to us. That would be detrimental in my opinion.


5.  Own up… share the things in your closet that is a knock off. You know those things you got in China Town, on the streets of New York, or where ever. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t have any knock offs. I did get a a Prada purse that my mother in-law got at Goodwill. I’m pretty sure it is real.

2 thoughts on “Friend Friday: Copying in the Fashion Industry

  1. I definitely agree that someone shouldn't replicate a piece and pass it off as a designer piece. That's wrong to do. However, if a designer takes inspiration from a garment on the runway and puts their own spin on it, that's perfectly acceptable!Great answers!

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