True Stories of Fakes

Designers have struggled against knockoffs for more than a century. Learn about these intellectual-property battles at Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, on view in The Museum at FIT’s Fashion and Textile History Gallery from December 2, 2014, to April 25, 2015. The show, organized by Assistant Curator Ariele Elia, features the originals and imitations of such designers as Madeleine Vionnet, Dior, and Chanel—who famously welcomed the imitators, proclaiming, “One should not bother to protect that which dies the minute it was born.”

 

Photo: Brian Lichtenberg’s Homiés ensemble, 2014