You Should Be Reading: FSJ’s Premiere Issue and Fashion Piracy

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The First Issue of the Fashion Studies Journal from Parsons MA Fashion Studies program is available here!  This publication not only features scholarship from the contributors listed below, but also pairs them with essays that briefly delves into a handful of the cultural aspects of fashion. In addition, FSJ highlights the work of emerging designers and artists from Parsons. Enjoy!

Featured articles include:

Kinnard, Rachel. “Fashioning Synthetic Bodies:” DIS Magazines ‘Shoulder Dysmorphia’ and the Performance of Dress Through Aesthetic Surgery 

Gawade, Keremi. “Fantastical Millinery:” The Hat as a Model of Conspicuous Consumption 1908-1910 

Echeverri, Maria. “Sound Theory:” The Exploration of the Sensory Experience of Clothing 

Handelman, Sarah. “Wearing Your Friends:” How the Naived Garment Achieves Intimacy Among Consumers 

 Also, in light of Brenna’s recent articles on fashion, appropriation and the law, which can be seen here, here and here,  I thought I’d share with you a couple of pertinent journal articles that you should consider adding to your reading list:

1. Black, Kristin L. “Crimes of Fashion: Is Imitation Truly the Sincerest Form of Flattery?” Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, Spring, 2010.

The objective of intellectual property law is to encourage innovation by rewarding creators with a limited monopoly or ownership and control of their creation. Novels, sculptures, inventions, paintings, architecture, and drawings are all explicitly protected under current United States intellectual property statutes. Unfortunately, there is no single statute specifically dedicated to the protection of fashion embodied in a design. Under current U.S. law, mass market retailers are permitted to blatantly copy designs from the runways and sell the items under their own label, usually at a fraction of the price. An innovator can seek protection within four major intellectual property categories: trade secret, trademark, patent, and copyright. But in which category should protection for fashion designs fit? – Excerpt from Article Abstract

2. Borukhovich, Biana. Fashion Design: The Work of Art That is Still Unrecognized in the United States.” Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal, Spring, 2009.

Design piracy is the practice of copying original fashion designs and selling the apparel under a different label. Counterfeiting is another form of copying designs. It is the practice of imitating fashion designs with the intent to deceive buyers of the apparel’s true content or origin by mimicking the details of the design and the name brand logo. “Everyone is against counterfeiting. Design piracy is exactly that. One has to copy the design first before attaching the counterfeit label. Design piracy is counterfeiting without the label.” 4 However, while counterfeit articles are protected against in the United States within the Intellectual property field under trademark law, trade dress and copyright law, pirated designs receive no such protection. –Excerpt from Article Abstract

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  • Joy D. May 22, 2012 10.31 pm

    Great reads. With the recent Gucci settlement this is very timely!

  • Selina May 24, 2012 12.12 pm

    Thank you and glad you enjoyed!


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