20 June 2015
ISABEL MARANT has once again found herself embroiled in a plagiarism row, after the indigenous Mixe community in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, southern Mexico have accused her of copying their traditional dress for pieces in her spring/summer 2015 Etoile Isabel Marant collection.
ISABEL MARANT – AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16
“Isabel Marant is committing a plagiarism because the Etoile spring/summer 2015 collection contains the graphical elements specific to the Tlahuitoltepec blouse, a design which has transcended borders, and is not a novel creation as is affirmed by the designer,” a statement from the group read, reports The Guardian.
To further complicate the case, Isabel Marant’s office alleges that fellowFrench fashion house Antik Batik have laid claim to the Marant design and are currently in the middle of legal proceedings of their own. Isabel Marant, however, insists that its founder and designer has been open about the origin and inspiration for the design and is hoping to credit the Mixe community herself.
“Before the district court of Paris, Isabel Marant is fighting to set the record straight: she has presented submissions which expressly point out that these designs come from the village of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec in the province of Oaxaca, in Mexico,” read a statement from the fashion house. “Moreover, Ms Isabel Marant, after tracing the true origin of these clothes, officially informed the court: ‘For her part, Ms Isabel Marant does not claim to be the author of this tunic and these designs’.”
Earlier this year it was claimed that Marant’s Bekket trainers bore a resemblance to Adidas Originals’ popular Stan Smith design.