Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits

Fashion Cultures Parsons

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Mary Ping Spring/Summer 2015 Collection[1]

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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