Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery. Yesterday a Paris judge ordered fashion designer John Galliano to pay
American photographer William Klein €200,000 (US $271,000) in damages
for copying Klein’s work in spring ads for his secondary line.
Judge Claude Vallet said Galliano’s
advertisements too closely resembled Klein’s signature "painted
contacts" — oversized painted contact sheets streaked with stokes of
The five ads (which appeared in March in French Vogue and Elle
magazines, as well as several other publications in Britain and Russia) featured three enlarged contact print images of models, highlighted
with colored brushstrokes.
Vallet said the ads clearly violated intellectual property laws
because Galliano never asked Klein’s permission to use the style, which
the New York-born photographer developed more than a decade ago. He
ordered Galliano to pay for the verdict to be published in the
magazines in which the ads appeared.
A spokeswoman for Galliano said the
decision was being appealed. In the meantime, Galliano has pulled the plug on the
Sources: The International Herald Tribune & WWD