January 21, 2010

Everything old is new again

Posted in Random tagged , at 4:19 pm by silivalilife

Have you noticed that when something new hits world of design, cars, garments, songs, technology, then a lot of look, feel, do – alikes are coming out, almost simultaneously. I would admit that everybody is trying to find out what competition is going to have and keeping up.

It is more or less traceable with the technology, as a useful invention called patenting with questionable success handles it. What about the stuff not subject for patenting, like fashion designs?
When there is a new fashion trend,  many brands have almost similar ones for the same season, same colors, materials, cuts, except different price tags. Who is being the first designer of, say, a new rococo jeans?
I remember an exhibition of handbags. There were handbags from past 3-4 centuries collected from all over the world. Some people were just viewing. Most of the people were quickly drawing the interesting ones with skill confirming their familiarity to the world of art. As there were at least 5 of those drawing same ancient bedouin bag at a time,  some 3 of them could be presenting that very drawing as a new trend of the season. Other three designers would get it from the roommates of those guys, without actually seeing the original bag and finally will start thinking of it as of their own invention. Each of those will be copied through “espionage” channels, changed a bit, and presented as their own, etc, you got the idea. 

Then there is the question where the bedouin took his bag a century ago and who designed it…