A Nigerian-American label, Bfyne owned by Buki Ade has accused a Brazilian designer named Silvia Ulson of plagiarizing her swimwear collection.
Ulson showcased her design on the runway during Miami Swim Week which led to people saying that the designs are an exact replica of the ones found in the Bfyne swimwear line, specifically from their 2017 “Sahara” collection.
Bfyne’s representative told Huffington Post: “That was extremely important for us to execute properly. We wanted to bring sexy to dashiki print and change the way the print was being looked at, ultimately transforming it into something no one has ever seen before” Bfyne’s rep said. It came to us as a complete surprise how another designer is allowed to showcase replicas and claim it as her work during Miami Swim Week.”
The representative also called out Ulson for having models wear feather headdresses at the runway show, suggesting that the accessories were meant to ”deceive people to think the print and design were Native American-inspired.
However, Ulson has stated that her inspiration was not stolen but was inspired by “indigenous Brazilian culture”.
She told Fashion Week Online: “I went to a tribe and spent two days there. That’s what we used for the headdresses. So upon returning from there, I made the black-and-white bikinis that were also shown, and thought it would be interesting to have some bikinis with prints mixing the indigenous paintings that they paint on their body. For the Brazilian Indians, each painting has a meaning.”
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