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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Letter from a Reader: Fashion Designer Laments Alleged Copying of Design for Gown Worn by Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach in Beauty Product Ad

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Dear Fashion PULIS,

I just want to inform you about the issue regarding the gown worn by Pia Wurtzbach in the new Olay commercial. I had a brief conversation months ago with Pia's stylist Adrianne Concepcion about making skintight dresses for Pia since her figure is in top condition. She said the dresses were for Pia to have a wide option of what to wear for her events.

I said I would consider, but since I became really busy at the time, we simply lost touch, and I assumed the request was forgotten.

Fast forward to last week, I got messages from lots of people asking about Pia Wurtzbach and congratulating me for the gown she was wearing in the new Olay commercial. I was confused, and when I saw the ad, my heart dropped to my stomach. It was a yellow version of the white gown I made last April. It was the very same gown I made for Lovi Poe in her new movie The Escort (which was filmed months ago). It's a signature style I’ve made and used in different colors and variations since March this year.

I don't know Jot Losa personally, but we are aware of each other, as we both used to be in the Manila Fashion Festival, we have many common designer friends. I am also aware of his tendencies of recreating "pegs" for celebrities like Anja Rubik's Vacarello high slit gown, which he recreated in Navy Blue for Anne Curtis. Thus, I'm just shocked how he thinks no one would notice this.

Both Jot Losa and stylist Adrianne Concepcion are aware of my work. One thing that also confirmed this to me is the fact that when we were making the first sample of this gown, I designed it to be a halter neckline. My seamstress made a mistake and we ended up making the straps rest on the tip of the shoulders, which was a specific feature adopted by Jot Losa for Pia's gown.

Now, I could just stay silent about this issue or I could speak up and maybe start a discussion about integrity amidst peg requests from clients and stylists. Although fashion design cannot be protected by law, it's still extremely unfair for someone to steal your work and (using a high profile personality like Pia) claim it as theirs.

Thank you and more power to you, Fashion PULIS.

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46 comments:

  1. Hindi kasalan yan ni Pia. Yung stylist and yung ngcopy ng design ang may kagagawan

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    1. Yes baks, nagbasa din kame. Walang alam nito si Pia

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    2. Wala naman nagsabi na kasalanan ni Pia. Mema lang.

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    3. 1:13pm Bakit kelangang defensive? May nagsabi ba na kasalanan ni Pia?

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    4. Kaloka... Wala namang sinabi si letter sender na sinisisi niya si Pia.

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    5. He's not blaming Pia. Basahin mo uli.

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    6. 1:13 Kaloka pang intindi mo lol jusme wala naman sinabi si designer na kasalanan ni Pia. Ang liwa liwanag nung sinabi nya.

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    7. wala naman sinabi na kasalanan ni Pia.
      Yung designer ng gown ang sinasabihan na nanggaya ng design.

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    8. mga baks KASALAN yata talaga ibig sabihin ni 1:13, wedding gown.lol!

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    1. Hmm, walang creativity gumawa nanggaya na lang.

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    2. Mahirap na nga gumawa ng design,kinokopya pa

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  3. Well ganyan ang Pinoy .. the very reason i prefer foreign fellas here in Nottingham than pinoys bcoz they are trouble makers, they copy my architecture design and present as theirs tsk tsk . Sad for you pal

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    1. Ay baks mas malala dito ang kopyahan, kung may magtinda nga bbq at sumikat asahan mo bukas makalawa meron na rin ang kapitbahay. Kung may magbukas ng sarisari store, antay ka ng 2 wks may kakompetensya kana

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    2. wala naman nagtanong kung anong preferred mo. Maisingit lang talaga yung "foreign fellas here in Nottingham." Pwe!

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    3. 3:03 That's called competition, which is good actually. Your hugot has nothing to do with stealin fashion and archi designs.

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    4. Are you sure pinoys lang ang manggagaya? Check out yun issue ng Zara. And actually most mid level brands na foreign din nga ginaya yun mga upscale brands noh

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    5. Wahahaha! Pahiya si 3:03.

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    6. Kaya nga may sinasabing insipiration para may mapalit sa copy..

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  4. Mas ok yung original. Parang mask ni darth vader ung design. Ang galing.

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  5. Sus! pano ba maging unique eh napaka-simple lng nman nong design ng damit. Kahit anong design nmn pede matulad ng hindi sinasadya kung common lng nmn ung design. At isa pa, yung vertical line sa gitna hindi pareho.

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    1. Nagbsa ka b? Knukuha nga sya before n magdesign ng gown kay pia. Kaya lng ndi maisingit s sched nya. Tpus mllman nya sa design nya kinuha ung gown n suot ni pia

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    2. Actually may point si 5:39pm

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    3. Yung pagkakapareho, hindi sinasadya? Nahiya pa yung copycat, iniba pa yung line sa gitna. Pag inayos yung linya sa gitna na iniba, parang photocopy na ang peg.

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    4. "My seamstress made a mistake and we ended up making the straps rest on the tip of the shoulders, which was a specific feature adopted by Jot Losa for Pia's gown."

      yan yung particular na sinabing ginaya, yung linya lang talaga napansin mo? ano to, spot the difference?

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  6. Parang istorya lang yan sa TV or sine, paulit-paulit. Naiiba lang yung atake pero may pagkapareho na dahil ilang pelikula naba ang nagawa? Parang sa damit. ilang design naba ang nagawa since panahaon pa ng mga hudyo haha. Cycle lang yan.

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    1. Baks sa dami ng kuda mo hindi ka naman nagbasa manlang. Dami mo pang may I compare baks sa totoo lang naman, eh kinukuha nga syang designer diba hindi nga Lang mag tugma sa schedule kaya hindi natuloy tapos ending ginaya yung design nya iba na ang gumawa. Gets mo na ba???? Hindi nagkataon na pareho bakla sabi sabi ka dyan kaloka ka

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    1. Agree. The designers can yak all they want but unless they register for an industrial design protection, they really can't stop others from copying their design.

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  8. My daughter was a client of Tony Evan and I've seen his designs back in May. This was his own creation. Those people posting here does not know anything about Tony Evan's design so back off. Obviously you cannot afford to wear his designs.

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    1. The issue is not about affordability.

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    2. Hindi naman kailangan bilhin para malaman lang ang design. Libre ang Google. Daming pasosyal diteeeeey!

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    3. 7:32 You don't have to be condescending to prove your point. At most comments here are siding with Tony E. so sino pinaparinggan mo?

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    4. You cannot afford to wear his designs? Eh paano kung na turn off yung potiental client dahil sa attitude at mga posts ni Tony na ganyan? Baguhan pa lang siya sa industriya pero kung umasta parang veteran na. Magpapagawa sana cousin ko sa kanya kaso na turn off siya sa attitude at mga nakita niya sa FB account ni Tony so sa iba na lang siya nagpagawa kahit mahal.

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  9. Tony Evan that's so sad and infuriating, push mo yan to shame the copy cat designer. I wonder how much a dress like that.

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  10. haha. walang copyright. walang violation. magreklamo ka na lang.

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  11. Ang ganda nung gown nung sa Caucasian pinasuot, naging high fashion talaga

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    1. True. Lapat na lapat sa figure nung girl

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    2. Masyado malaki bustline ni Pia for high fashion

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  12. Parang kay Zac Posen at hindi Tony E. ang ginawang peg or inspiration ni Jot Losa sa gown for Pia W.

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  13. poor copycat yung sinuot ni Pia.

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  14. In ferness.. gayang gaya! Great job sa pagkopya! Hahaha

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  15. Sana kinausap niya muna sina Jot at Adrianne. Baka may mutual friend siya na connect sa kanila at pinag usapan na muna privately.

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  16. Ummm... that gown style is actually very common. It's nothing original.

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