After being accused of ripping off a graffiti artist in a copyright lawsuit, Jeremy Scott has responded by refusing to take ownership of the design in question.
In a lawsuit filed in August, graffiti artist Rime (Joseph Tierney) claimed that Moschino and Scott—the brand’s creative director—copied one of his graffiti murals titled “Vandal Eyes” for a piece in its fall 2015 collection.
The allegedly stolen artwork, according to Rime, appears on a Moschino gown that Katy Perry wore to the Met Gala this year.
According to WWD, Scott’s legal defense is that, yes the graffiti concept was his, but the design didn’t come from him; a Moschino graphic artist allegedly chose the print. Scott doesn’t specifically identify that person in the papers he filed. Instead, he writes:
“I came up with a concept for a dress to be worn at the celebrated Met Gala and a graffiti-based collection that subverted the seriousness of traditional black-tie fashion while also commenting on the way in which society objectifies women by literally imposing cultural symbols and meaning upon them. I used the medium of graffiti, and the way in which street artists impose cultural symbols and meaning upon the vernacular landscape, to create a metaphor of a sophisticated woman literally tagged with graffiti, much like any light pole, brick wall or mail box on the street corner.”
The lawsuit, it seems, gives Scott a chance to brag about his depth as a designer and his many accomplishments. WWD notes the egotistical nature of the filing:
In what appears to be an exercise of self-expression and self-promotion, Scott used his filing to detail his design ethos and fend off critics who have dismissed his work as too mass. In fact, his explanation focuses almost entirely on his approach to work, as opposed to the actual legal dispute.
In his declaration, Scott takes time to plug his upcoming documentary and his book, as well as namedrop all the famous people who’ve worn his clothes, including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Katy Perry, who he dressed for the Super Bowl halftime show, “one of the most-watched television events in history,” he writes.
Scott makes it clear:
“As an artist, my expressive work may not always be ‘on trend’ or follow the zeitgeist of a particular fashion season, as dictated by the likes of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. Instead, my work speaks to a larger message and it is just as likely to cause viewers to question our values and our relationship with societal institutions as it is to elicit compliments about the work itself.”
Other self-congratulatory moments:
“As an inherently creative individual, the ability to design and create fashion with an expressive message that I can share with the world lies at the core of my being.”
“While fashion elites have historically dictated what people—especially women—should wear and how they should wear it, my work takes a fundamentally different approach towards clothing.”
“The humor of my work puts a smile on the faces of my audience, providing them with a respite from their problems and the woes of the world, and opens them up to the possibilities of imagination and a re-examination of our society and its values.”
And that’s how you give yourself a blowjob.
A hearing for the lawsuit will take place on December 7.
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