Popular graffiti artist Joseph Tierney, aka Rime, is suing Jeremy Scott and Moschino for allegedly ripping off his artwork.
In the lawsuit, Rime accuses Moschino and its creative director Scott of using one of his street murals in the design for a gown that appeared in the brand’s fall 2015 collection.
Model Gigi Hadid debuted the dress on the runway at Milan Fashion Week, and Katy Perry gave it more exposure when she wore it to this year’s Met Gala with Scott by her side.
The original graffiti art features the word “vandal” and a pair of menacing eyes, which Rime says looks too similar to what’s on the bottom of this dress.
According to court documents:
Defendants paid Ms. Perry to advertise and display the clothing at the Gala. Not only did Ms. Perry and defendant Scott advertise, wear, and display the clothing at the event, they arrived at the event in a spray painted Rolls Royce, and even carried around Moschino branded cans of fake spray paint during the event, as if defendants were responsible for the artwork.
Scott is no stranger to accusations of plagiarism—he was previously sued by Santa Cruz Skateboards, which accused him of stealing their art for his fall/winter 2013 collection. The case was settled out of court.
Scott has not responded publicly to Rimes’ lawsuit.
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