In a declaration filed in a California federal court this week, Jeremy Scott has responded to the pending lawsuit that graffiti artist RIME filed this summer. According to Rime’s complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in August, “Defendants Moschino and Jeremy Scott – two household names in high-fashion –inexplicably placed Rime’s art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent.” That apparel is a Fall/Winter 2015 runway dress, as seen on model Gigi Hadid and then on Katy Perry at the Met Gala and a matching jacket, which Scott wore to the event. Scott, a rather well known copycat, is not fessing up. According to his declaration, he didn’t design the print. Instead, he claims: “Those graphic[s] were selected and created by a graphic artist at Moschino completely independently of me.” How convenient.
Scott also goes on to state just how famous and “creative” he is – noting that a documentary was made about him this year, that he is the subject of a Rizzoli book, that he designed Katy Perry’s Super Bowl costumes and that fans of his work include “Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Paris Hilton, Katy Perry, Jared Leto, Lady Gaga and others.” He also is sure to label himself as an “artist” and note that he is above the trends set forth by the likes of Vogue, etc.: “My expressive work may not always be on trend” or follow the zeitgeist of a particular fashion season, as dictated by the likes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.”