Versace Sues Fashion Nova Over J. Lo Look-a-Like Dress

Takeaway: Be careful how you seek your creative inspiration, and do not copy fabric prints.

The luxury Italian fashion brand, Versace, filed suit against Fashion Nova alleging copyright infringement. The suit was sparked by Fashion Nova offering for sale on its website a green jungle print dress strikingly similar to the famous jungle dress designed by Versace for celebrity Jennifer Lopez to wear at the 2000 Grammy Awards. The original Versace dress featured iconic prints and designs known to be featured in the Versace Spring-Summer 2000 collection.

Versace’s lawyers filed suit in the Central District of California claiming “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 in order to drive profits and sales to line Fashion Nova’s pockets.” Versace isn’t the first iconic brand to file suit against the online retailer. In fact, Fashion Nova has been sued at least eight other times over copyright-related matters.

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