Kesh was angered to see Versace’s shockingly similar t-shirts selling for upwards of $650.
After having discovered the alleged copying Kesh took to social media namely Instagram and Twitter to express her anger. She shared a picture on Instagram of one of her t-shirt designs alongside the Versace t-shirt with the caption “At least make it better than the $30 (£20) original @versace_offical. This looks like a first draft”.
She further went on to tweet “This hurts. $650.Versace rip off. sold out in 3 sizes. what is this madness?,” “From huge designer labels to small boutiques to giant pop stars to fame hungry former friends. what is this? Why can’t these companies. these brands. these people create their own work? what happened? why do these people think that everything that they lay their eyes on instantly belongs to them?”
In a statement made to The Cut she said “I have always had a deep admiration for Versace. It’s an iconic brand that has stood the test of time. I am deeply disappointed in this. This is not only artwork from a show that took me two years to develop and create. It is not only artwork from a collection that I created for American Apparel to provide something affordable and accessible to supporters of my work. But this is also my face! I can’t understand how something like this could happen.”
The news has angered many that are disappointed that a designer such as Versace has copied a young and up coming artist. Bullet Media released the following statement:
There’s nothing newsworthy about a powerhouse brand stealing ideas from lesser known talent, but when it’s as blatant as what Versace’s done to LA-based artist KESH, such shameless mining is absolutely inexcusable”.
Versace have not released a public statement and Kesh’s representative has confirmed that litigation is the next step.
Watch this space!