Washington Fashion Week: The Design Piracy Prohibition Act
Just when you thought the fashion flock had moved on to London, Milan, and Paris, the focus is back stateside -- at least as far as the law is concerned. Tomorrow Congress will once again take up consideration of HR 2033, the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, with the extraordinarily talented (and constantly copied) designer Narciso Rodriguez as star witness.
Ten years ago, when Narciso created an unforgetable gown for Carolyn Bessette's wedding to JFK, Jr., copyists knocked the groom flat in their haste to knock off the bride's dress:
But Narciso hasn't forgiven, or forgotten. Tune in to the live webcast at 2:00 pm EST to hear the two-time CFDA award winner turn the tables on design pirates with his own Valentine's Day massacre. (Happily, your favorite law prof is already on the record on this issue, but I'll be in the chic cheering section -- wearing Narciso, of course.)
Counterfeit Chic will, of course, be back soon with a report on the hearing. In the meantime, check out the comprehensive new Stop Fashion Piracy website, your resource for the voice of creative design.