Vaishali S calls out Geisha Designs for copying her design, designer duo call her mud-slinging
We spoke to Vaishali Shadangule who is also the first Indian designer to feature at Paris Haute Couture Week and she said the aim of calling out the brand to copy on social media is to let others know budding talents that this is not the case. OK to copy an artist’s work. There is no place for plagiarism in creativity. “It’s so sad to see all of this. There are so many designers doing this and there’s nothing I can do about it. Also, it’s not just about copying, designers who have better marketing technique Although I know my job, copying my design is something very daunting. I was also thinking if I should waste my energy posting this on social media, but if I hadn’t, it would have gave other brands the freedom to copy and get away with it easily. I would suggest designers focus on their original craft instead,” she said.
We contacted design duo Paras Bairoliya and Shalini Jaikaria of Geisha Designs and they denied all claims calling the design an original creation. “We have been in the business for 22 years now, and never to this day have we heard of an allegation like this against us. We are design graduates and deliberate and research our themes extensively. before creating an outfit. We learned of this via social media this morning; the designer never attempted to contact us directly. Our outfit is an original creation from our workshop. There is no substance in her claim other than to generate publicity. What we see is currently a monochrome cropped version of her product. Our product images are clearly visible (and in full length) on our social media handle (@geishadesigns). She also has in the process of allegation, vilification of individuals and brands who have no role in the design which we strongly object to.This is a distasteful and distasteful approach and so we have asked for a cons legal eye to plan our next course of action. We would have chosen to remain silent on the subject, but after seeing the parent of words exchanged, we thought it was important to share our perspective,” they said.