1 Granary, an editorial platform dedicated to highlighting emerging talent in fashion and art, took to Instagram with a lengthy post suggesting that Maison Margiela Creative Director John Galliano plagiarized a design from recent Central Saint Martins graduate Dimitra Petsa, founder of buzzy new label Di Petsa.
A video detailing the making of Margiela’s FW20 Couture collection describes one particular dress as a “wet look.” Side-by-side photos of Petsa’s previous work and Galliano’s new design reveal similar silhouettes and sewing techniques. “If the use of the same technique and name are a crazy coincidence, how is it possible that no young designer in the team saw the common points, in a niche part of the industry where Petsa’s work has been circulating under the name Wet Look on big platforms since 2018, and did not say something about it?” 1 Granary writes, referencing a 2018 Dazed Digital profile on Petsa that seems to have coined the term “wet look” in reference to her work.
“In a world where emerging talent is used and tossed away for profit, young creatives should be extra sensitive when big houses fall in the same design narratives with a small, starting brand…For a big house this is just a design, but for a small brand this same design is years of work, money and hope,” 1 Granary concludes.
Head to 1 Granary’s Instagram to read the full post.
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