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How not to get ripped off in the fashion industry

Date: Tuesday 22 March 2005
Time: 6pm - 8pm

Rootstein Hopkins Space
London College of Fashion
John Princes Street

13 of 110 places available
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The fast-moving world of fashion and textiles feeds on original ideas, knock-offs and copies. Designers must show their work to different clients including press, buyers, agents and manufacturers, any of whom can ‘rip off’ their ideas.

This Own It event will look at how the fashion industry works, how it should work and what you can do to protect yourself and avoid being ripped off.

Tanya Sarne, creative director and founder of Ghost, Damaris Evans of Damaris lingerie company and Martin Simcock, Commercial Director of Georgina von Etzdorf will both talk about their experiences of the fashion industry, fashion design and being ripped off.
Design law expert Margaret Briffa will give an overview of key copyright and related issues for the fashion and textile industry, showing you how to protect your work and ideas beyond the private space of the sketchbook and studio cutting table.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions

Speakers for this event:

Our expert speaker for this event is Margaret Briffa of IP law firm Briffa
Margaret and her firm have been involved in many key design law cases, and she is co-author of 'Design Law', Published by the Law Society in 2004.

Martin Simcock, Commercial Director, Georgina von Etzdorf. The Georgina von Etzdorf company is renowned for its decorative prints and products, has a retail store in Central London and sells its work through national and international fashion, home and lifestyle stores.

Tanya Sarne is the creative director and founder of Ghost, an established and internationally recognised woman’s fashion company. Ghost’s work has a major celebrity following including Catherine Zeta Jones, Madonna and Kate Hudson.

The Damaris label is renowned for its lingerie, and especially its bow knicker, which has been sold at the exclusive end of the market and via a diffusion range (Mimi Holliday) which is available in House of Fraser. Damaris lingerie has been extensively copied and Damaris is very active in relation to the persuit of the offenders.

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