Ralph Lauren accused of plagiarizing Malaysian designer Datuk Zang Toi’s NYC cape design

Netizens have claimed Ralph Lauren’s cape design for Alicia Keys’ Met Gala outfit was a “fake” of a piece by Malaysian designer Zang Toi Datuk.

Keys wore a floor-length black cape with a bedazzled New York skyline for Monday’s gala. When netizens saw Keys’ outfit, many pointed out that the cape strongly resembled one designed by Zang Toi.

In February 2020, Zang Toi presented a floor-length white silk cape with a black New York hand-beaded skyline for her fall/winter runway show at New York Fashion Week.

Zang Toi originally debuted the cape design in 2009 for his spring collection, which was then worn by Malaysian model Ling Tan in 2010 at the CDFA Fashion Awards.

“My cape was inspired by my love for my adopted home, New York,” Toi told the New York Post. “I came here 41 years ago with $300 to study at Parsons School of Design, and wanted to show my love and appreciation for the city that embraced me – and allowed me to live the American Dream. .”

The Malaysian designer shared that many fans had messaged him about the similarities between his cape and the Ralph Lauren design and added that it’s ‘not the first time’ his designs have been copied by other designers , although he did not mention any names. .

Upset fans have called Ralph Lauren’s cape a “counterfeit” and a “replica” on social media.

“I thought it was you and then they said Ralph and I were like WTF,” one user wrote, addressing You.

Ralph Lauren had previously been accused of stealing designs in 1994 when the American fashion company was forced to pay $350,000 to fashion house Yves Saint Laurent for copying a tuxedo dress.

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