A complaint against Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott took a new turn this week as the designer was served legal papers while promoting a documentary film about his career.
The New York Post reports that a process server “approached Jeremy inside, pretending to be seeking an autograph” at the premiere of The People’s Designer in Manhattan on Tuesday, after obtaining a ticket and watching the film.
Back in August, news broke that graffiti artist Joseph Tierney was taking legal action against Scott and Moschino for copyright infringement over that claims Scott unlawfully used his work on Moschino garments.
Tierney, known professionally as Rime, claims that his artwork was “inexplicably” placed on garments that appeared in Moschino’s autumn/winter 2015 collection “without his knowledge or consent”.
The artwork in question is taken from a mural Tierney created for The Seventh Letter art organisation in Detroit in 2012. It shows the word ‘Vandal’ with a pair of cartoon eyes above it.
Tierney further notes that Moschino and Scott even included his “fake signature” on the clothing, confirming that the design was in fact lifted from his mural.
"If this literal misappropriation were not bad enough, Moschino and Jeremy Scott did their own painting over that of the Artist - superimposing the Moschino and Jeremy Scott brand names in spray-paint style as if part of the original work," adds the suit.
The lawsuit filed also points out Katy Perry’s appearance at the 2015 Met Gala wearing a dress featuring the design, to which she arrived in a spray-painted Rolls-Royce and, along with Scott, carried spray paint cans, thus suggesting the “Defendants were responsible for the artwork.” Perry is now the face of the brand, appearing in the high-profile campaign for the collection.
“Ms. Perry was widely photographed in the clothing, as she always is. She even made a number of “worst dressed” lists as a result… The Defendants were obviously thrilled with how the episode played out, heavily promoting images of Ms. Perry wearing the clothing in their marketing, advertising, media and sales materials,” claims the suit, adding: “The only person harmed was Rime. Not only was his art exploited by Defendants, but his credibility as a graffiti artist was compromised by inclusion in such a crass and commercial publicity stunt.”
Tierney has requested that Moschino cease selling the items that he claims infringe his artwork, as well as pay significant damages.
Following the stunt at this week’s premiere, a representative controversial American designer Scott said: “Jeremy Scott is represented by counsel, and his attorneys agreed to accept service on his behalf as is customary in these situations. It is factually incorrect that someone posed as a fan and ask for an autograph in order to serve him. As we stated previously, we look forward to defending these allegations, many of which are outrageous, in court.”