Mary Ping Spring/Summer 2015 Collection
In the presentation, fashion designer Mary Ping introduced both of the signature collections shown under her name along with her more experimental line titled Slow and Steady Wins the Race. To a vast extent, her hybrid identity and focus on the fundamental characteristics of clothing design within the global fashion system resonate with the current exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits at Fashion Institute of Technology. It reminded me that authenticity and copyright protection against knock offs are two of the most debated topics in fashion today.
I came up with questions about gray areas in authenticity when I visited the exhibition a few weeks ago. What is the intention when young, contemporary designers reinterpret signs from the original? How do they differentiate themselves and avoid establishing a new symbolic capital as well as a cultural capital within their design? Because their…
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