Versace Plagiarizes Artist Kesh’s DesignsDid Versace really just rip off LA-based artist Kesh’s designs? It looks to be the case. The British born artist took to social media to share an image of a graphic shirt from Versace’s spring/summer 2015 collection that looks suspiciously––let’s be honest, exactly––like a design from her 2013 capsule collection for American Apparel.
Kesh wrote on Instagram, “What is this? Why can't these companies, these brands, these people create their own work? What happened?”
this.hurts. $650.versace rip off. sold out in 3 sizes. what is this madness? from huge designer labels to small boutiques to giant pop stars to fame hungry former friends. what is this? Why can't these companies . these brands . these people create their own work? what happened? why do these people think that everything that they lay their eyes on instantly belongs to them?
Since her original post on Instagram, fans and industry insiders alike have rallied with her. Publications like Vogue, Bullett Magazine, and The Cut have all reported on Versace’s knock off and the world is taking notice.
Versace’s shirt is currently retailing for $650, where Kesh’s shirt for American Apparel retailed at $50. According to report from Fashionista, “Kesh plans to legally pursue the issue [...]” but no word from Versace representatives yet.