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4 Nov

Fashion Plagiarism: Time to knock it off!

The social media patrol has made it impossible for plagiarism to go undetected and by hook or crook, the fashion industry is wisening up to that fact and implementing a strict codes of ethics. That said the codes vary from high end to high street and that line needs to be drawn.     By Aamna Haider Isani     These past two weeks have brought one social media scandal after another to the limelight.  Prominent design houses like Sapphire, Sana Safinaz and Zara Shahjehan have been accused (and exposed) of lifting their coveted and often award winning prints off the Internet, off Pinterest to be exact. These design houses churn out dozens, if not hundreds of prints a month and while their in-house designers are...
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30 Mar

What’s the fuss about ‘copy-cats’?

In my 15-year career of working as a fashion journalist in Pakistan I have heard almost every designer complain of his work being plagiarized by another. The comparisons have been endless: Deepak Perwani and Munib Nawaz, Umar Sayeed and HSY/Mehdi, Ayesha Hashwani/Elan and Sana Safinaz, Nida Azwer and Sania Maskatiya. And then there have been comparisons with foreign designers: Body Focus and Dolce Gabbana, Maheen Karim and Philip Lim, Sana Safinaz and Cavalli, Umar Sayeed and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Faiza Samee and Rohit Bal…etc etc. And yes, there have been similarities, which have been pointed out by the media every now and then. Cool. So much was fine but then people with too much time on their hands – most...
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