Versace sues Fashion Nova for copying Jennifer Lopez's iconic green dress

Jennifer Lopez

Versace is suing online retailer Fashion Nova for allegedly infringing its copyright by creating a replica of its iconic tropical green gown made famous by Jennifer Lopez.

The Italian fashion house has filed the copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against officials of the fast fashion retailer for their recreation of their acclaimed Jungle Pattern dress as well as its black and gold Barocco print and Pop Hearts evening gown.

Lopez famously wore the green jungle print gown to the 2000 Grammys, with the plunging floor-length dress leading to the launch of Google Images. The 50-year-old rocked a redesign of the iconic dress on the runway in September, closing out Versace's Spring/Summer 2020 show in Milan.

"Fashion Nova’s Infringing Apparel is plainly a deliberate effort to exploit the popularity and renown of Versace’s signature designs, and to trade on Versace’s valuable goodwill and business reputation... Versace seeks to bring an end to Fashion Nova’s latest brazen attempt at copying the work of yet another famous and world-renowned designer," the court documents filed by Versace stated, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Fashion Nova’s ability to churn out new clothing so quickly is due in large part to its willingness to copy the copyrighted designs, trademarks and trade dress elements of well-known designers such as Versace, and trade on their creative efforts in order to bolster Fashion Nova’s bottom line."

Lawyers for the Italian fashion house claim they warned executives at the e-commerce site about legal action in July, September, October and November.

Versace is seeking a trial by jury, as well as an injunction, recall and payment including "all profits realized by its wrongful acts."

The West Palms Tropical Maxi Dress is being sold by Fashion Nova for $49.99 (£38.89).

A representative for the brand has yet to comment.

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