A Fashion Law Dinner Party with Fashion by Felicia

by Felicia Caponigri

A Fashion Law Dinner Party

with Fashion by Felicia

Welcome to A Fashion Law Dinner Party! With Felicia Caponigri, an attorney by training and an academic by calling, be a guest alongside fashion archivists, curators, attorneys representing brands and lawyers otherwise practicing IP law and more areas of fashion law, in house counsels and more guests. We’ll discuss cutting edge topics in the fash ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • The American Flag between Fashion, Heritage, and Law

    The American Flag between Fashion, Heritage, and Law

    A central symbol of an American summer is the American flag. With the 4th of July, we find more and more fashion featuring the American flag. But the American flag can also be a part of brands' heritage and identities. Why can artists and fashion designers alike reinterpret the flag and make their own prints or patterns with the flag? Are there any laws that actually circumscribe the use of the American flag? In this episode, we speak to Professor Cathay Smith, a copyright, art law, and cultural heritage law expert at Chicago-Kent College of Law, about these questions and artists' and fashion designers' use of American icons like the flag and even the Statue of Liberty in their creations. As part of our conversation, we discuss how we decide what is original or not when designers use American icons like the flag and explore some imaginary fact patterns involving American brands like Ralph Lauren and a French brand, Dior, that was inspired by both the American and French flags.

  • A Special Edition Fashion Law Dinner Party: The 2024 Met Gala

    A Special Edition Fashion Law Dinner Party: The 2024 Met Gala

    For fashion lawyers and scholars, the Met Gala is a dream hypothetical. What parts of a Met Gala dress might be conceptually separable under copyright law? What additions within reproductions inspired by the archives are original? How might we balance the preservation of antique fabric with a desire to upcycle that fabric into a new gown? These are just some of the issues Felicia Caponigri explores during this dinner party with her colleague Lucrezia Palandri, a fashion law scholar based between Florence and Como, Italy.

  • Spotlight on Careers in Fashion Law & Heritage: A Conversation with Viola Bardi, Legal Manager at Kering Eyewear

    Spotlight on Careers in Fashion Law & Heritage: A Conversation with Viola Bardi, Legal Manager at Kering Eyewear

    Securing a position in-house, especially with a luxury conglomerate, is often at the top of aspiring fashion lawyers’ career goals. But how can you move in-house and, once you arrive at this dream destination, what do your day-to-day responsibilities look like? In this episode, we speak to Viola Bardi, Legal Manager at Kering Eyewear, about her career in Milan and explore how she incorporates heritage and even the concept of iconic into her legal practice in house.

  • Fashion & Cultural Partnerships: Tax Benefits and More

    Fashion & Cultural Partnerships: Tax Benefits and More

    Partnering with culture and supporting heritage doesn’t just benefit a brand’s reputation. Partnerships between fashion and cultural institutions can also benefit a fashion brand’s bottom line. Over dessert, we speak with Giuseppe Abatista, an Italian attorney, tax specialist, and Ferragamo’s own Tax Consultant, about his experience negotiating agreements for the restoration of cultural properties and more between cultural institutions in Florence and the Ferragamo brand.

  • Fashion & Cultural Partnerships: Museum Perspectives

    Fashion & Cultural Partnerships: Museum Perspectives

    What makes a great partnership between a fashion brand and a cultural institution? In this episode we explore the legal and ethical standards and rules that frame presentations of fashion as part of our wider culture. The presentation of fashion’s cultural significance often happens in a museum, but it can also happen in a public space, like a piazza, where so many fashion shows are staged, or even on a red carpet. During the appetizer and main courses of our dinner party, we speak to Dr. Valerie Steele, the Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, for her historical perspective on fashion exhibitions. We also explore how museums and fashion brands may have different objectives and purposes. From New York, we travel to the Midwest, to delve into fashion conservation with Sarah Scaturro, the Eric and Jane Nord Chief Conservator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. We speak about the importance of managing the change that happens to fashion garments over time, and about the cause célèbre of Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe’s dress, in the wider context of how members of the fashion industry can support fashion heritage.