Adventures in Copyright: Givenchy Hearts Ziggy Stardust

A reader sent in this tip (and commenter Jane picked up on it too) noting the obvious influence of a Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie on Givenchy's Spring 2010 collection. Bowie rocked a striped blazer during the '70s that was strikingly similar to Givenchy's popular graphic black and white striped jacket--right down to the angular psychedelic striping on the lapels. It's a popular piece from the collection, and, as we pointed out earlier, Zara and Anthropologie have created similar styles, which are in stores now. But since the rock god wore his striped lapels about 40 years ago, is Givenchy's blazer more inspired than imitation?
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A reader sent in this tip (and commenter Jane picked up on it too) noting the obvious influence of a Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie on Givenchy's Spring 2010 collection. Bowie rocked a striped blazer during the '70s that was strikingly similar to Givenchy's popular graphic black and white striped jacket--right down to the angular psychedelic striping on the lapels. It's a popular piece from the collection, and, as we pointed out earlier, Zara and Anthropologie have created similar styles, which are in stores now. But since the rock god wore his striped lapels about 40 years ago, is Givenchy's blazer more inspired than imitation?
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A reader sent in this tip (and commenter Jane picked up on it too) noting the obvious influence of a Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie on Givenchy's Spring 2010 collection.

Bowie rocked a striped blazer during the '70s that was strikingly similar to Givenchy's popular graphic black and white striped jacket--right down to the angular psychedelic striping on the lapels. It's a popular piece from the collection, and, as we pointed out earlier, Zara and Anthropologie have created similar styles, which are in stores now.

But since the rock god wore his striped lapels about 40 years ago, is Givenchy's blazer more inspired than imitation?