Cape Town - Top fashion designer Gavin Rajah has found himself at the centre of a Twitter storm after one of his designs was called into question for bearing a striking resemblance to a dress designed by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad last year.
Rajah invited the Cape Times to his studio to defend his dress, which was shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town on Thursday.
On Twitter Rajah was called into question for plagiarism. Some said they were disappointed and others asked if Rajah thought people were too stupid to notice. Writer, blogger and creative Milisuthando Bongela tweeted: “I secretly hope there is some huge misunderstanding....”
Rajah said he was disappointed by the experience, so much so that he will “never do fashion week again”, but rather host his own shows.
Rajah produced sketches of the entire design process, a document detailing the inspiration behind the design and references of fans and the Japanese rising sun detail for the dress, named “rising sun fan dress”. He said he had never seen Murad’s dress before.