Should Fashion Designs be protected? It’s not everyday that we ponder the thought of fashion laws. Why is it that we do not think of it as much as we do with other kinds of laws such as copyright laws or plagiarism laws? Fashion is immersed in our daily lives, so much so, that we tend to forget just how prevalent it is in our lives. We wear clothes everyday and our fashion choices are affected by the fashion trends that are popular or that root from fashion designs that can be worn everyday. So why is it that we do not take the copyright of fashion designs as seriously as we do with plagiarism?
Why is it that we participate in selling and purchasing illegal products, such as the occasional ripped off version of a Louis Vuitton bag, and why is it that we pass by these transactions and these vendors without considering reporting it, looking the other way to the vendors on canal street?
The laws on fashion is not commonly known and fashion design artist tend to get there designs stolen since the only protected part of a design is the company’s trademark as seen in a documentary known as “The Future of Fashion” In this documentary it’s noted that the laws of fashion are so lax that child models did not have laws protecting them from how long they can work or even how much they would get back from their modeling jobs until a certain age, which left their guardians in charge of their funds for as long as they pleased.
The video documents a young woman named, Susan Safretti, who noticed with puzzlement the issue that laid behind this 1.8 trillion dollar global industry and fought to develop a place for the few individuals who decided to fight for their designs being illegally replicated to have proper lawyers who knew how to fight for these designers. Susan is also the person who has fought to help these child models to properly be taken cared for in such an industry. I believe it is important that every artist has their work properly protected, and Susan is taking the first step needed.