Monday, November 4, 2013

Not Just Elle Woods…Fashion Law Today

Fashion law, the study of the fashion business’ legal challenges and opportunities, has emerged as an important field in the global fashion industry.  Long before Elle Woods applied to law school in Legally Blonde, LIM College has been engaging the field of fashion law.  

At LIM we offer two courses, Business Law, as well as Fashion Law, both taught by industry professionals, designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the legal and regulatory issues facing the ever-changing fashion industry.  In our library we have copies of the recently published title Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys, published by Fairchild Books, with contributions from professors at Fordham University’s School of Law, which houses a pioneer program in fashion law (, which has accepted recent LIM College graduates.  

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Several prominent recent cases in fashion law, such as the lawsuit filed by designer Christian Louboutin against YSL concerning the possible intellectual property infringement arising from red-soled shoes, and the legal challenges brought by luxury brands to protect trademarks across international borders, illuminate the complex concerns facing the fashion industry. 

In an era of rapidly evolving production and communication technology, how do we balance protecting design innovation with the kind of appropriation and re-mixing so deeply rooted in fashion’s history and culture?  Is a concept for a dress a protected form of intellectual property?  Should fast-fashion retailers have a legal right to copy designs from higher-end retailers?  These and many more challenging questions are addressed in Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys.

Posted on November 04, 2013 I Blog post by David Benjamin, M.A., M.S.L.I.S. (LIM College Archivist)