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Design Piracy And Self-Regulation: The Fashion Originators' Guild Of America, 1932-1941, Sara B. Marcketti, Jean L. Parsons Jul 2006

Design Piracy And Self-Regulation: The Fashion Originators' Guild Of America, 1932-1941, Sara B. Marcketti, Jean L. Parsons

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

The concept of copying or “knocking off” another designer's idea is an accepted practice in the apparel industry. Legally, designers and manufacturers have had tenuous success in proving their work “original and novel” as required by U.S. patent laws, and copyright laws often do not apply to apparel. The speed of fashion change and reliance on repetition of ideas at various price points makes design protection difficult and controversial. Historically, arguments for and against measures to control copying of apparel most frequently divided along price lines. The Fashion Originators' Guild of America (FOGA, 1932-1941) developed one of the ...