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That’s my dress!

A charge of plagiarism as two fashion weeks kick off in Delhi. Vinod Nair gives you a ringside seat. See video

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 15, 2008 12:18 IST
Vinod Nair

As two fashion weeks get set to rock Delhi, top designer Tarun Tahiliani has levelled plagiarism charges against fellow designer Renu Tandon. Tahiliani alleges that he found an exact copy of a garment from his Fall/Winter ‘06 collection in a Dubai store. And its label read ‘Mynah By Renu Tandon.’

Both were in Dubai last week to take part in the Dubai Fashion Week, and when Tahiliani stepped into the store Miri, he spotted the alleged copy. “I bought it immediately, as I need the proof in my hands. I paid Rs 19,000 for the garment,” he says.

Now Tahiliani plans to take legal action against Tandon. “This is absolutely ridiculous,” he fumes. “I have to protect my design company and I will seek legal remedy on this.” The designers in question are participants at the two different fashion weeks in Delhi — Tahiliani is showing at the Delhi Fashion Week today, and Tandon’s collection will be shown at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week on October 19.

Tahiliani has sent an impassioned mail to fellow designers at the Fashion Design Council of India, asking for accountability. “Is it ok that such blatant plagiarism is condoned that too exported where there is less likelihood of being found out?… If we sit by and let this happen it will grow like [a] parasite on us and kill our business,” it says. Sunil Sethi, FDCI president, says he would “view this seriously” if informed of the incident officially.

Tandon says this happened by chance as she sourced the fabric from a Delhi supplier. “I don’t know how it happened, but nothing was done deliberately. Tarun should have clarified with me first.” She adds that when she first heard of it, she tried to speak with Tahiliani, “but couldn’t quite talk to him”.

Past disputes
Suneet Varma accused Aki Narula of ‘stealing’ his design for a poncho for the film Bunty aur Babli

Ritu Kumar won a nine-year case of copyright against designer Nina Talukdar of Kolkata who had used Kumar’s designs, sketches, etc

Lina Tipnis accused Anita Dongre of ‘mysteriously’ copying her design

A Nikhil-Shantanu design had once turned up on Krishna Mehta’s runway

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