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CFDK backs designer in plagiarism case


The Council of Fashion Designers of Korea (CFDK) said Monday that the clothes showcased by actress Yoon Eun-hye in Chinese reality program “Goddess’ Fashion” seem to have been plagiarized.

The case came to light after designer Yoon Choon-ho posted on his personal Facebook account on Saturday, claiming that the TV personality won the program, in which teams of designers and a celebrity create new clothes, by plagiarizing his design.

Shin Jang-kyung, the vice president of CFDK, emphasized that “to a fashion designer, design is everything.”

Shin also expressed concerns that “like Yoon’s plagiarism case, the problem of domestic celebrities and Korean and foreign conglomerates plagiarizing designs is becoming more serious.”

Actress Yoon’s talent agency, JARMY Entertainment, denied the accusation on Sunday, claiming that her inspiration for the clothing was a famous film.

“‘Goddess’ Fashion’ is a reality program that five groups of a celebrity and designers come up with fashion collections related to a weekly mission,” the company said in an official statement.

“The movie that Yoon chose was ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,’ and to express the lion and white snow in the movie, she chose all-white [for the clothes] and also used frills as a reference to the lion’s mane.”

By Jin Min-ji
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