Viktor&Rolf accused of plagiarism
Fashion house Viktor & Rolf was in the center of the scandal.
In early May this year, a beginner designer, a graduate of the Parsons Design School Terrence Zhou applies for an internship at Fashion House Viktor&Rolf. In the portfolio of Terrence Zhou, his work was presented, which later became the subject of controversy. Viktor & Rolf denied Terrence Zhou an internship because of the difficulties with the documents. The official refusal said:
«We could accept you only if you have a work visa. These are state regulations, and, unfortunately, we can not influence them. Thank you again for your interest in our company, we wish you success in finding an internship».
Scandal and accusation of plagiarism erupted after the couture fashion show Viktor & Rolf autumn/winter 2017/2018. Terrence Zhou saw plagiarism on the podium of the famous brand and wrote about it in Instagram.
«Perhaps my actions will negatively affect my future career, but I can not remain silent. This is not the first time that large companies copy the design of students and earn a lot of money on this, leaving the young designer with nothing», — the young designer noted.
The huge puppet heads that Viktor & Rolf used in their collection are very similar to the work of a Chinese designer. However, the brand denies any similarity. Officially, the statement reads: «For all seasons, the design is developed entirely by the creative team of the brand». Before the show, the designers of Viktor & Rolf explained such an unusual choice of puppet heads, as a call for creativity, diversity and environmental responsibility.
«We thought that reality is so strange today that you can add a bit of surrealism to it», — Rolf Snoren said.
Despite the fact that the brand denies plagiarism, Terrence Chou does not intend to give up. The young designer plans to file a lawsuit against Viktor & Rolf.
«This is not the only case. I decided to speak out because if we do not, they will always be stronger and will use young talents. I just think that wherever they find inspiration, they should give their due. I want to protect our rights and I think that the time has come for change», — says Terrence Chou.