From December 2, 2014 to April 25, 2015, the Museum at FIT is hosting an exhibition, “Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits,” which chronicles the history of fashion copying and counterfeiting from 1903 to today. Opinions about the purpose and necessity of copying are as varied as world of fashion design itself. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel openly embraced the copying of her designs as good publicity, while other designers, such as Christian Dior, resisted the trend and took measures to protect their designs.
According to the Daily Beast, the exhibit also includes videos of exclusive interviews with industry professionals about the state of legal protection for fashion design (remember when Louboutin sued YSL and the Innovation Design Protection Act?), and surprisingly, it also includes videos detailing how to spot a fake. While I haven’t attended the exhibition or viewed the videos yet, such tips are generally kept under wraps by fashion houses to prevent counterfeiters from producing indistinguishable copies. Oh, the irony!