The Easy Way to Design Fabric

You “borrow” designs from people who know what they are doing.

I know some readers must think I’m beating a dead horse whenever I make a post like this one, but it honestly astounds me every single time I run across a print that is so obviously copied.  In this case a cheap line sold at Target had a print that is based in part on a Liberty of London print, Ianthe.  The classic Liberty Art Nouveau print, Ianthe was developed over one hundred years ago.




This is even more interesting because Target actually did a collaboration with Liberty of London five years ago.  This piece is not part of the joint venture, as those pieces were clearly marked Liberty for Target.

And while most clothing designs cannot be copyrighted in the United States, fabric prints are subject to copyright protection.  Of course that does not mean copying does not happen, as we have seen many, many times.


Filed under Curiosities, Viewpoint

6 responses to “The Easy Way to Design Fabric

  1. What a sharp eye you have! And, my goodness, yes, you can tell the difference, especially with the flowers in the original print that got lost in translation to just a mess of dots.


  2. Agree with Janey, above, and with Lizzie ~ I find it astounding, too. And very sad.


  3. YES! As I have worked/trained in fabric design at Key West Hand Print Fabrics I remember the “knock off” companies that “borrowed” from us/Lilly and sadly they were always so bad! We were always in legal action over stolen copyrighted design! Lizzie, in my opinion this is as glaring and brazen!? Borrowing ” and “inspired” run a fine line in creativity and design. Wonderful example of how to destroy the original! Thank You! If you do not own the real thing -why bother?


  4. Christina

    Interesting. However, the Ianthe design was copied for Liberty in the 1960’s from an original Art Nouveau design c1900.

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  5. I love this sort of story! “Neither a borrower nor a lender be?”


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