Fashion designer accuses Burberry of copying print

Burberry design from Tempest fall/winter 2019 campaign. Credit: Instagram - @burberry

Fashion designer Erin Robertson has accused Burberry of copying one of her prints.

The style star, who won season 15 of TV design competition programme Project Runway, released her Sexual Helix collection in late 2017, with a number of garments featuring an oyster and pearl motif created in collaboration with artist Jordan Piantedosi.

However, following the release of Burberry's Tempest fall/winter 2019 campaign last month, Robertson and Piantedosi were quick to point out similarities between their oyster print and a shirt with oyster print, shell detailing, and faux pearls in the British brand's latest line.

"Well damn. @burberry is up to some nasty knock offs rn (right now)! I created this textile with @jordanpiantedosi two years ago, and they fully stole it! Swipe to see the drama!" Robertson captioned a slideshow of snaps on her Instagram page, adding that she had discounted a shirt with her oyster print. "Also, offering 20 per cent off the shirt for a week- code is shuckitBURBERRY."

Piantedosi uploaded a similar post with a side-by-side image on social media, writing, "Pearls before swine! The image on the left is @burberry 2019 & the right side is the oyster textile I designed with @an_erin & I's 2017 collection Sexual Helix."

And while representatives for Burberry and creative director Riccardo Tisci are yet to comment on the allegations, a post on the heritage label's Instagram page showing a model posing in a shirt with the oyster print has been inundated with backlash from keen fashion followers.

"Looks like @an_erin x @jordanpiantedosi was on the moodboard," one user wrote, while another commented, "Everyone knows @an_erin did this first."

A third added: "Why do large companies feel like they are entitled to rip of designers like @an_erin. I've been obsessed with this textile since she made it and to see it be ripped off like this is a disgrace. Also, Erin's is stilllll way better (sic). Protect artists."

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