It has happened again! A plagiarism charge has been levelled by Sirali’s Rahul Jain and Gunjan Arora against fashion week debutants Sandeep & Gaurav.
Gunjan and Rahul participated in the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week and the other two showed at the Delhi Fashion Week. The bone of contention is a light pink ‘wearable art’ dress by Sirali with an intricate design created by enmeshed threads. A somewhat similar dress in a deeper shade of pink appeared in the Sandeep & Gaurav show.
Gunjan Arora, who has “known Sandeep for 10 years”, says he is deeply hurt by this incident. “I confronted Sandeep but he got defensive,” says Gunjan, adding that when he asked to see the garment, he was told that it had been sent for cleaning. Gunjan and Rahul now plan to take legal action.
Sandeep counters, “Whatever it was, has been sorted out.” On Sirali’s plans to sue, he says, “It’s like two people wearing blue jeans and people saying it’s similar.” Too similar in this case? Sandeep retorts, “There can’t be a monopoly. There are bound to be similarities.”
Sunil Sethi of FDCI, the organiser of WIFW, is “ready to support” his designers. Sethi adds that the design technique allegedly copied is something he saw Gunjan and Rahul develop long ago. He feels if talks don’t work, then let “the court take its own course”. The response of Sumeet Nair of DFW on this is: “I don’t know anything about it.”