We've got a live one, here: Chanel sues What About Yves over post-parodic shirt

Posted by Charles Colman

In this instance, I genuinely hate to say "I told you so" -- and I'm hoping that, in the end, I won't have to.

Vogue, following up on a post at The Fashion Law, reports that Chanel has sued What About Yves over this shirt:






The full Complaint initiating the suit is posted here.

 

Recall my essay, "Trademark Law and the Prickly Ambivalence of Post-Parodies," published by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online in August.  Here's my abstract:

Great news: Prof. Gary Watt's "Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form" is now open-access!

Posted by Charles Colman

One of the most provocative and valuable works of legal scholarship on dress, Gary Watt's Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form, is now available through a Creative Commons license:

 

 


I have uniformly positive things to say about this book -- for example:

 

"Professor Watt's book represents such a dramatic leap forward in legal thought about dress that it demands the recognition of a new category of scholarship. Dress, Law and Naked Truth presents an array of startlingly original ideas about the relationship between dress and the law. Happily, Watt's book manages to combine intellectual heft with beautifully crafted prose, making it not only a remarkable scholarly accomplishment, but also a joy to read."

 

"It's the most wonderful[ly busy] time of the year..."

Posted by Charles Colman

At some point, this writer and/or one of his sparkling new Of Counsel (bios for Yin Huang and Naveen Thomas here) will resume posting to this blog with regularity. But now is not the time, due to several speaking engagements at conferences and symposia taking place in the coming weeks -- and, of course, because of my teaching responsibilities at NYU Law. (Another crop of brilliant students this year, by the way!)

 

NEW ESSAY: "Trademark Law and the Prickly Ambivalence of Post-Parodies" (to be published in U. Pa. L. Rev. Online in August)

Posted by Charles Colman

The team behind LAW OF FASHION is on a sort of summer research sabbatical (hence the lack of posts over the past several weeks.)

 

But LOF had to resurface to bring you a new essay, "Trademark Law and the Prickly Ambivalence of Post-Parodies" (analyzing fashion designs of the sort pictured below), slated to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online this August.  You can download the most recent working draft of the piece at the Social Science Research Network. Feedback always welcome!

 

 

 

How to become a fashion lawyer, Part 2: My career path, which might be of no help at all (plus: BOOK DISCOUNT FOR STUDENTS!)

Posted by Charles Colman

A Polish law student, Anna Radke, asked me some questions a while back; the interview was recently posted online, but my answers appeared in Polish.  Because Google Translate utterly butchered my responses, I decided to post a revised/supplemented version of the original Q&A here...

How did you begin your career? I'd love to hear about your educational background, training, internships, work experience, etc.