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For the Moschino SS19, Jeremy Scott sent the models down the catwalk looking like real life paper-dollsPhotography Giacomo Cabrini

Moschino responds to accusations it copied an emerging designer’s work

A newly-released statement explains Jeremy Scott was inspired by trompe-l’œil styles from the Italian house’s archives and not Edda Gimnes’ collections

Last week, Jeremy Scott presented his latest Moschino collection in Milan, which this season featured couture-inspired silhouettes which had been seemingly scribbled on with felt-tip pens, cocktail dresses still attached to the roll of fabric they were crafted from, and Gigi Hadid in a puffball, butterfly-strewn wedding dress.

So far, so Moschino, but as images from the catwalk began to make their way onto Instagram, people were quick to tag IG’s fashion watchdogs @dietprada and emerging designer Edda Gimnes, noting that Scott’s SS19 offering bore a striking resemblance to Gimnes’ own work.

In a post on her Instagram, Gimnes wrote: “Seeing the Moschino show yesterday makes me so sad and I feel so hurt that someone has, the way it looks to me, unquestionably used my SS16 and SS17 collections as inspiration without granting me any credit. As a young designer one is so vulnerable and they probably thought this would go unnoticed. I will make sure it doesn’t.” She went on to explain she had met with someone from Moschino in New York in November 2017 who she had shown her sketchbooks and work to.

Now, Moschino has released a statement refuting these claims, saying: “Trompe-l’œil has been a long-standing motif embedded in the Moschino DNA. Jeremy Scott’s eponymous line has also depicted sketches and doodles in collections far pre-dating this one. He continues to pay homage to Franco Moschino and was inspired by the conceptualisation of a designer’s ideas coming to life on the runway in ‘incomplete forms’ ranging from the sketching and design process to the tailoring, pinning, and bolts of fabric choices draped on model forms. This collection was Jeremy’s love letter to fashion and it his and the brand’s greatest wish that it inspires future generations of young creatives to color our world with their dreams too.”

Scott himself also posted a series of sketches and references from Moschino’s archives to his Instagram. “Normally I do not address gossip or questions about my inspirations, but I feel I need to defend myself against untrue accusations regarding my latest Moschino collection,” the designer explained, while in an IG post (which has since been deleted) he addressed Gimnes directly, directing her to his reference points, and finally wishing her “all the success and accolades you deserve”.