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Kanye accused of ripping off a Givenchy designer’s work

Images via MTV
Words by Veronica Stanford

Give ’em Kanye’s best.

The Kanye headlines aren’t going anywhere this week.

The artist’s Twitter comeback is again causing trouble, after he tweeted sketches showcasing the guidelines for the next Yeezy release. Sketches that are seemingly identical to those of ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman.

Kayne posted the image on his Twitter on May 1, with the caption: “this is where a YEEZY study for base layer starts. I’m so excited about our new design team.”

Overnight Spackman – who is now working at Givenchy – has accused the rapper of stealing his 2005 sketches for Nike’s Living Apparel line, which went on to become the Nike Retract running collection. The original designs are currently posted on Spackman’s website.

“When Kanye rips your 10-year-old Nike sketch and claims it,” he posted to Instagram Stories. Spackman also pointed out that Kanye had appeared to photoshop out the date and title of the original.

Knowing Kanye, it’s only a matter of time until he responds via a stream of tweets.

Check out the comparison for yourself below.

Ever-controversial Kanye is no stranger to digging in the far reaches of the internet for inspiration.  Is Ye just showing his creative process with inspiration images or claiming the work to be his own?  Photoshopping out the title of the sketch in the top left corner is pretty much a dead giveaway lol.  The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called “Living Apparel” which eventually became “Nike React”, a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort.  Can we just call it Yee💤y now? 😴 • #yeezy #kanyewest #kanye #kimye #theft #inspiration #illustration #design #fashiondesign #sportswear #streetwear #athleisure #nike #streetstyle #running #nikerunning #hypebeast #highsnobiety #snobshots #wiwt #ootd #copycat #knockoff #wtf #dietprada

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