William Klein Sues for Plagiarism and Wins

Paris has been sunny for the past couple of weeks—especially for photographer William Klein. In case you missed this news, he just won a lawsuit against fashion designer John Galliano for plagiarism. A Paris judge awarded Klein $250,000 after deciding that ads created for Galliano's fashion line (above) too closely resembled images created by Klein some 15 years ago (below). In those images, Klein used a technique in which contact sheets are blown up then painted over. It's nice to see a photogr

Paris has been sunny for the past couple of weeks—especially for photographer William Klein. In case you missed this news, he just won a lawsuit against fashion designer John Galliano for plagiarism.

A Paris judge awarded Klein $250,000 after deciding that ads created for Galliano's fashion line (above) too closely resembled images created by Klein some 15 years ago (below). In those images, Klein used a technique in which contact sheets are blown up then painted over.

It's nice to see a photographer gets his creative due. But where will this line of thinking lead? So much in fashion is all about copying.
—David Schonauer