Well, I watched this video a while ago on Ted Talks called “Lessons From Fashions Free Culture“. It was very interesting to me. In it, Joanna Blakely spoke about how Fashion is a Copyright free industry. All ideation is public property. I tend to be a possesive person, especially of my own original ideas (…but wait, there are no original ideas!!) and this video caused me to ruminate quite a bit on the concept of sharing and public property in the fashion world.
I emailed my Dad about copying not too long ago. He is a highly successful User Experience Designer ( slash graphic designer) and is my main source of career advice for creative feilds. I told him I was confused over the concept of sharing. Should I horde my sources and information to give myself a leg up in the fashion industry? Or should I allow my knowledge to be public property?
These are some sage words my Dad sent me:
“Be that person who was willing to help and guide others, don’t hoard it for yourself. There are others who will always be better or more on top of it than you. So that means you can’t keep your edge by keeping it to yourself, you just have to keep pushing the envelope. I am so grateful to those who helped me so in that way I give that to others. One key bit of advice, if you help someone else out, they will generally help you out someday. Like helping someone get a job, well one day they may rise to higher position and they may want to hire you or refer you to someone that has a great opportunity for you. I always try to help other people out, it creates a spirit of goodwill and I genuinely like it. Think about the reputation you want to have.”
I love this. I have a harddd time sharing a lot of things in my life (oldest child!!) and I want to create a new type of culture within myself. I want to encourage a culture of sharing. Even having this blog is a way for me to do that. I think of things, write about them, someone else likes it and they take off with it. Maybe someday I can garner inspiration and ideas from them!
A couple of copy cats:
Balmain F/W 09
Isabel Marant F/W 2010
ummmm… sure looks like the same darned collection to me!
Are those not the same shoes?