Less than a month after Gucci was accused of ripping off iconic Harlem couturier Dapper Dan, the Italian fashion house has been hit with another plagiarism controversy — this time by two separate designers.
Both accusations stem from pieces shown during Gucci's Cruise 2018 collection presentation. The first comes from artist Stuart Smythe, who says Gucci copied a design he produced in 2014. The artist took to Instagram to compare the two images, writing that Gucci "has copied not only the combination of elements together that create this logo, but when I overlay my snake illustration on top of the copy, the scales even line up perfectly."
The second artist to come forward is Milan Chagoury, who currently designs for Australian label Stay Bold. Chagoury believes that Gucci copied a logo he made for the White Tiger Tattoo Co. tattoo parlor in 2015, replacing the tiger with a panther. On Instagram, Chagoury drew attention to how commonplace knockoffs are, "when designing for a business (band or brand) make sure you hire a professional designer as most of the time these guys are just ripping off someone else's work with no guilt at all."
In response, Gucci released a rather oblique statement to WWD calling the collection "a creative exchange with street-style and street vernacular using graphics and words that have been 'Guccified'. In the last two-and-a-half years Gucci has defined itself through a series of creative collaborations that have arisen organically, symbolizing a generational shift. Also in this instance, we are now in direct contact with the respective talents."
According to WWD, both Smythe and Chagoury were contacted by Gucci for a collaboration, which both artists have refused. "I'm not interested after what's happened. They didn't respond to me for weeks," Chagoury told the publication. "This is them covering [up] a massive wrongdoing in the art and design community and in the fashion industry full stop."
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