Copy of an Imitation

by jennine on July 20, 2009

Back in college, one of my professors said ‘good designers appropriate, great designers steal.’ Of course in the fashion industry, people are very protective of their work, and stealing design is a rather serious issue. Although, the very notion of stealing can is somewhat questionable in some cases, as one can never really steal, as no matter how many designer knock offs Steve Madden does, their shoes are always impossible to walk in. No matter how many dress designs forever21 steals, you will only ever be able to wear the damn thing once or twice if you take real good care of it. And no matter how many red carpet gowns ABS replicates, no regular person will ever be able to afford the real thing, and no Hollywood starlet would ever appear at the Oscars in something from the Macy’s sale rack (though, I would LOVE to see that!).

Ann Kathrin Rohr and Saskia Hammen took inspiration from the notion of copying in the fashion industry. Their collection Copy of an Imitation, as their need to copy because there is nothing new out there. “Especially in fashion there are an awful lot of copies. We have tried to copy a positive influence in the work, “says Saskia. The tongue-in-cheek approach, made for an it-bag transformed to a dress and a tote bag with an it bag printed on it. However, like true designers, even with copied elements, they’ve managed to create something completely unique, making the whole notion of copying a paradox, there’s nothing new, yet nothing will ever be the same.

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WhatTheProsDo July 20, 2009 at 4:30 am

love the dress top left! what a great concept


fritha louise July 20, 2009 at 4:40 am

That’s such an interesting idea! And the results are beautiful.


Jessie July 20, 2009 at 5:32 am

Psst, their name is Copy of an Imitation ;)
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jennine July 20, 2009 at 5:37 am

yikes! thanks for catching that… well it’s what they get for writing copyofanimitation
which can easily be copyofanimation


Nikki July 20, 2009 at 5:38 am

Awesome collection. It reminds me a bit of Slow and Steady Wins The Race.
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Jessie July 20, 2009 at 5:42 am

Jennine, so true! Btw, I’m in contact with the girls, wishing they would sell their collection. Unfortunately they will not build up their label at the moment. So sad - bad bad financial times.
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jennine July 20, 2009 at 5:54 am

❤ pro…oh yes! the braiding is so amazing!
❤ nikki…oh yes, i think the concept is pretty similar, yet SSWTR tends to go along the more generic route, and plays more with surface… or lack thereof
❤ jessie…omg that would be amazing! part of me really wishes they’d have something kind of like etsy, but more upscale. you can find a lot of great designers on etsy, but there is a lot of crafty designers to sift through, not that it’s bad, it’s just a different market. these two ladies would do well in a consignment shop, or selling their pieces made to order… for now anyway! until the economy gets going!


Fashiongrail July 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

Top row in the middle….beautiful!
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maggie/noirohio vintage July 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

beautiful!! I love the 2 dresses on the left
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Shay July 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

what a cool concept! Love that pink chiffon-y thing at the top.
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maria July 20, 2009 at 12:55 pm

What a great concept!! Their ideas are so very unique and inspiring.

It’s hard not to be inspired by other designers or artists, but I feel its sad when people blatantly copy other peoples ideas.
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Alicia July 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I love the concept. Very cheeky, but it came out wonderfully.

The it bag as a shirt? Genius. =D
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WendyB July 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Ha! Great concept. I’ve got a post coming that might need to quote this one.
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C July 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

OH MY! that top is brilliant and i love the rosy tones.

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Korka July 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

Drool! I love all of it! I hope they can gather the cash to keep working and hopefully sell their stuff for a reasonable price somewhere in my area…
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Korka July 24, 2009 at 10:43 am

I’m just going to be hokey and say “Oh, texxxtures!”
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