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27/11/2014

Lily Cole wearing Stella McCartney RTW Spring/Summer 2005 in Vogue UK July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker)
Seeing your ideas being copied is not emotionally pleasing. But... It happens. Intentionally or not, you stumble upon a creation that clearly resembles something of your own and, as a result, most likely feel lost, frustrated, fooled as if the ground suddenly moved under your feet... Sounds familiar?

I've been through it myself and in the beginning found those discoveries rather upsetting because, at the end, what one copies within a matter of seconds, often takes a lot of time, energy and emotions to create in the first place. 

You dream up a world of thoughts and images that reflect a moment of your life, an experience, a fantasy and the very realisation of somebody not only stepping into this world uninvited, but taking a part of it away does hurt and makes you feel helpless.

Then comes a new day. With the first ways or the morning sun (or whispering rain, since we are in Britain), it brings a freshly printed copy of American Vogue. Among its glossy pages there is an editorial that makes you pause. You know you've seen this pose, and the stair case, and the blue dress... Back in 2005.

Lily Cole in Stella McCartney gown is leaning against the intricate metal work posing for the one and only Tim Walker. The photo is captured and published in the July issue of British Vogue.

Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli Couture Fall/Winter 2014 in Vogue US December 2014 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Phyllis Posnick)
The years go by... The house is now overtaken by trees and it is now Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli (a fashion deja vu, a bit of McQueen RTW 2004 mixed with Galliano's Dior Resort 2011 minus the refinerement), balancing on a familiar staircase. It all seems to be there,  the stairs and the blue gown... And yet, it just doesn't work any more. The only response I feel inside my mind is... disappointment.

Because one can certainly copy an object or idea, but never - the energy, fantasy and imagination of the original. 

Photo source: Lily Cole wearing Stella McCartney RTW Spring/Summer 2005 in Vogue UK July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker), Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli Couture Fall/Winter 2014 in Vogue US December 2014 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Phyllis Posnick)

11 comments:

  1. Very pretty these pics especially the second!

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  2. These are such pretty dresses!
    kisses

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  3. The first image is one of my all time favourite fashion photos, if not my absolute favourite. I just love everything about it and as you say it's impossible to imitate it.

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  4. That's a shame people can't come up with original ideas! This is a reflection in EVERYTHING! They keep remaking movies, fashion and fashion poses!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  5. I have had this happen to myself as well. Being creative takes time and when someone else takes your idea it can hurt! I think the original is so much better here! That photo is truly iconic!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  6. always great dear!
    www.supongoestilo.blogspot.nl

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  7. The original truly is a far better photo - the new version seems somehow lacking in soul. Perhaps that's because the idea wasn't original.
    xox,
    Cee

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  8. So very true - and yet, when people hear of the "copy" for the first time, if they don't know the original, to then the copy will become the original, with that feeling of wonderment and admiration you get when you come across something new and interesting. Too often nowadays those who copy get more glory than those who came up with the idea in the first place, like that girl in Germany who became famous and then it was found that her book was largely plagiarized. And she wasn't even sorry, her excuse was "nothing is original these days anyway" - what???
    I just don't get people sometimes.

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  9. Yes, I can relate to the frustrating feeling but being an original means that one can always create new and be able to surprise. A copycat can't do that.

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  10. Не могу не согласиться с Вами,Наташенька....
    Какое жуткое разочарование,особенно такая копия:(((

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