This article considered the legal and business rules for a more sustainable fashion industry.
Invited as a speaker on a panel discussion on the fine line between imitation and inspiration and intellectual property in a global design economy.
The evening talk held at the V&A explored the possibilities and complexities of finding a common understanding of Intellectual Property across global design cultures and considered the implications of this for the future of design practice.
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Think that no one get hurts when you buy a knockoff item? Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermès, Fendi. Via the work of author Noah Charney, this article considers the real human consequences of the counterfeit trade and its connection to human rights issues such as human trafficking and modern day slavery.
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Saint Laurent, under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane has just been accused of copying the fast fashion retailer forever21, highlighting a burgeoning problem in the business of fashion that creative directors are far more removed from the creative process than we think. (First published on the Huffington Post, full article can be read here).
This article originally published on The Guardian News, on the social and environmental impact of sustainable businesses. Asked whether it was ethical or sustainable for fashion businesses to make money from iconic cultural brands without giving anything back. In particualr it looked at the challenges of protecting the cultural and intellectual property rights of the indigenous Maasai tribe, and considered ways such a community could benefit commercially from the use of their cultural expressions and traditional knowledge through using IP rights to prevent the commercial exploitation or inappropriate use of iconic cultural symbols in fashion
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I won the AHRC Researcher-in-Residence award from Creativeworks London, to support my doctoral research and to work with DACS, the Design & Artists Copyright Society to research the potential of intellectual property law for artists in the digital age.
The main task was to conduct research on the increasingly connected markets of art & fashion and how contemporary commercial strategies such as art/fashion collaborations can be used to create new licensing income streams for artists.
In todays climate, digital content and engagement are integral to the business model of both established and emerging cultural intermediaries in the field of fashion. In my discussion for the Global Dialogues: Digital Fashion Marketing Conference, I look at commercialising fashion in a digital age and some of the emerging legal and business issues particularly with regard to intellectual property and its impact on social media, fashion bloggers, advertising standards and fashion promotion.
This public conference at the University of Oslo, organised by the enterprise of culture examined the question of fashion and design’s intellectual property rights in the post-war period, by bringing together researchers across fields of law, design and fashion history, business and economic history, and anthropology.
Papers considered a wide range of case studies pertaining to intellectual property rights (IPR) laws in national and international frameworks, the challenges to the enforcement of the law, and the lived effects of the law on the ground.
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For those that want to learn about fashion Law, masterclasses, events and workshops in London can be found here
Christian Louboutin, whose shoes along with Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Walter Steiger and Alexander McQueen is one of the most expensive and sought after shoe brands in the world is heading back to court, for the second time in three years in the hope of protecting his famous red sole shoes.
The designer - who defeated Yves Saint Laurent in court in New York over the issue in 2012 and currently holds a valid US trademark as a result - is now taking his concerns to the highest court in the European Union legal system, the Court of Justice of the European Union.
This report considers the ways that many large luxury retailers are using trademark infringment lawsuits, to protect their brands. More can be read here.
Join us, for the first Fashion Law Masterclass hosted at the distinguished Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design.
This one-day intensive masterclass will take you through the features of fashion law and the law of intellectual property in the fashion industry and provide a straight forward introduction to trademarks, copyright and design rights as it applies to the business of fashion.
Who Is This For:
For those that want to know more about the business & legal side of the fashion industry.This workshop is suited to law students considering a career in fashion law, lawyers seeking to enhance their IP knowledge, designers looking to protect their designs, and fashion professionals looking to develop their knowledge of the industry, or any one else interested in this fascinating area of law.
Places are limited. There are 30 places available on this Masterclass, allocated on a first come, first served basis. Costs for this workshop include printed materials.
For reservations and more go here
I was invited to present at the Arts IP conference at Central Saint Martins: Questioning Rights: Disruptive and emerging IPR management practices in the arts. The conference examined the challenges and opportunities of Intellectual Property Rights for the cultural sector. I presented research on Intellectual property, Contemporary Fashion & Visual Art in the Creative Economy & Emerging practices. My contribution asked questions around the properties of the cultural system of both fashion & art and the processes (of IP) through which they are constructed. I explored the proposition that intellectual property law is a key ingredient in shaping the creative and business activities of designers & artists in the creative economy. Intellectual property law offers these creators legal protection through a series of rights, which allows for commercial exploitation, which creators can make revenues from in the form of licensing agreements, design rights & copyright that prevent them from being copied, and trademark rights, which help them, build their identity in the market place as a brand. With regard to new emergent practices in the sector, my research noted that fashion & art are part of a broader system of culture, and many designers and artists alike draw from the past, present and future to produce their artistic designs. Yet this often poses a problem for the law. Through the lens of sociologist Bourdieu’s philosophy & theory on cultural production my contribution questioned the creative process of fashion in order to ask questions pertaining to intellectual properties place in the creative industry. It used visual methods and contemporary visual examples to reveal both the opportunities & challenges of IP at the intersection of fashion & art, in order to both interrogate the appropriateness of granting exclusive IP rights in the cultural domain, as well as too elaborate on the legal implications of creative processes, such as inspiration, homage, and copying commonly found in art & fashion practice.
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‘Computational Design,’ ‘3D printed garments’ and ‘Wearable tech’ are all terms now frequently used in the fashion industry, embracing a young generation of fashion designers, to which belong, Amelia Agosta, Iris Van Herpen, Steven Ascensao, Francesca Rosella and Francis Bitonti.
The business models of fashion and tech collaborations are often reliant upon or structured around the generation and exploitation of IP. This article considered the legal implications are of fashions fusion with technology, and how lP shapes the directional flow of innovation for designers in the fashion community. More can be read here