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Media Mentions 2021

2021 (selected) 

The Off-White Papers
The New York Times, April 21, 2021

‘Satan Shoes,’ Nike Lawsuits and the Booming Sneaker Bootleg Market
Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2021

Pangaia Won Over Consumers. Can It Do the Same for Businesses?
TechiAzi, March 31, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana vs. Diet Prada 2021
Enrique Orte Gaburos, March 31, 2021

Ad Age, March 31, 2021

The CBLDF Weighs In On Mike Deodato, DC Comics and NFT Artwork
Bleeding Cool, March 29, 2021

The CBLDF Creates Its Own Ethics Committee
Bleeding Cool, March 24, 2021

SuChin Pak Opens Up About ‘Misogynistic, Violent, Racist’ Incident At MTV
Scary Mommy, March 20, 2021

Resonate, March 10, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana seeks over $600M damages from 2 US bloggers
Israel Hayom, March 10, 2021

In an Unusual Move, Dolce & Gabbana Are Suing a Fashion Watchdog for Covering a Designer's Racist Comments
Entrepreneur, March 8, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana seeks over USD600M damages from two US bloggers
Borneo Bulletin, March 8, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana Are Suing Instagram's Fashion Bible, Diet Prada, For Defamation
Elle, March 7, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana seeks over $600M in damages from two fashion bloggers
NY Post, March 7, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana seeks more than $600M in damages from two US bloggers
USA Today, March 7, 2021

Diet Prada Pushes Back Against Dolce & Gabbana's Defamation Lawsuit
Paper, March 6, 2021

Dolce&Gabbana seeks over $600 million damages from 2 US bloggers
The Telegraph, March 6, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana seeks over $600M damages from 2 US bloggers
Associated Press, March 6, 2021

Instagram fashion watchdog Diet Prada pushes back on Dolce & Gabbana defamation lawsuit
Business Insider, March 5, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana sued Diet Prada. An Italian fashion house has accused the creators of a popular Instagram account of defamation
Elle Poland, March 5, 2021

Diet Prada fighting back against Dolce & Gabbana suit
Page Six, March 5, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana Sued Diet Prada for Defamation
The Cut, March 5, 2021

Diet Prada Sued by Dolce & Gabbana, and Other News
Surface, March 5, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana Has Sued Diet Prada for Defamation
Business of Fashion, March 5, 2021

Fashionista, March 4, 2021

Why is Dolce & Gabbana suing fashion watchdog Diet Prada? Defamation suit demands almost $5M in damages
Meaww, March 4, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana Can’t Get A Break, Nor Do They Deserve One
Jingdaily, March 4, 2021

Instagram fashion watchdog Diet Prada pushes back on Dolce & Gabbana defamation lawsuit
Insider, March 4, 2021

Diet Prada Cofounders Push Back Against Dolce & Gabbana Suit
WWD, March 4, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana is suing Diet Prada for defamation
Fashion United, March 4, 2021

Hypebae, March 4, 2021

Sustainable Fashion for All: Examining the Industry Through the Lens of Social Justice
United Nations, March 2, 2021

‘I celebrate Rihanna wearing Hindu necklace as sharing cultures brings people together’
News Chant, February 20, 2021

Who Is Lin-Manuel Miranda's Attorney Wife, Vanessa Nadal?
The List, February 27, 2021

What to Do When Retailers Don't Pay
Business of Fashion, February 16, 2021

Fashion and Retail in 2021 and Beyond: Post-COVID Reality and Where to Go From Here
MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, February 16, 2021

Ethically manufactured clothes
Course Hero, February 12, 2021

Workplace Attire: Can your employer force you to wear a bra?
Borrelli & Associates, PLLC, February 12, 2021

Struggling in Workshop with the Question of Cultural Appropriation
Lit Hub, February 12, 2021

Rihanna puts her Fenty fashion "house" on hold
Marketplace, February 11, 2021

Mark Fischer EVP and General Counsel
PVH, January 29, 2021

Top 10 Names of Fashion Lawyers in the Industry
Indian Fashion Law, January 27, 2021

What Rejoining the Paris Agreement Signals to Fashion
WWD, January 21, 2021

Dolce & Gabbana v. Diet Prada

Instagram post by Diet Prada announcing that it filed defense of freedom of speech in answer to Dolce & Gabbana defamation lawsuit



Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Provides Pro Bono Legal Assistance

NEW YORK / MILAN (March 4, 2021)—On Monday Instagrammers Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, the duo behind the company that runs Diet Prada, filed a defense of their freedom of speech in answer to defamation claims brought in a Milan court by Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana. The lawsuit argues that Liu and Schuyler should be held responsible for lost revenue and other harm to the brand and its co-founder Stefano Gabbana after Diet Prada criticized a 2018 Dolce & Gabbana advertising campaign on Weibo for its stereotypical and sexist depiction of a Chinese woman and revealed anti-Asian remarks apparently originating from Gabbana’s Instagram account. The messages, which at the time were rebutted as hackers’ actions, called China the ”country of [five poop emoji]” and its people “ignorant dirty smelling mafia.”

Following the widespread negative response to its advertising campaign and the withdrawal of many Chinese models and guests from a planned fashion show in Shanghai, Dolce & Gabbana canceled the event and issued a public video apology featuring its founders. Shortly thereafter, in early 2019, the brand filed an action for defamation demanding that Liu and Schuyler pay damages in the amount of €3 million for Dolce & Gabbana and €1 million for Stefano Gabbana. 

The nonprofit Fashion Law Institute, based at Fordham Law School, is coordinating Liu and Schuyler’s defense through its pro bono clinic in collaboration with Italian law firm AMSL Avvocati.   

Statement from Diet Prada co-founder Tony Liu (NEW YORK):

As an Asian-American, I’m part of a community that is often misrepresented. Like many people of color in the United States, there’s pain that stems from seeing ourselves depicted through inaccurate, harmful stereotypes. Often, it leads to racism and violence.

Growing up as a queer person of color in a predominantly white town, I’ve often found myself intimidated and at a loss for words when confronted with racism and bigotry. Having cultivated 

Diet Prada as a platform where stereotypes are laid bare and stories from the larger BIPOC community are brought to the fore, is one of the things I’m most proud of.

For two years, I’ve stayed silent and carried the burden of this lawsuit on my shoulders. During this time, the world was forced to reckon with the systemic racism in the U.S. that led to the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black lives, as well as the xenophobia that further fueled Trump’s anti-Asian rhetoric in the age of COVID-19. In the outpouring of support for these communities being targeted, we all continue to see the power of solidarity and speaking truth to power. Diet Prada will continue to be a platform to elevate these crucial issues.

Statement from Diet Prada co-founder Lindsey Schuyler (NEW YORK):

Diet Prada has made a point to be actively anti-racist for years. As an ally to my Asian friends, and the community at large, I was offended not only at the caricatures of China and Chinese people, but also by the misogynistic images associated with them.

As a woman, I believe it is important that media outlets speak out against misogyny as well as racism and are not silenced by legal threats. Discrediting and denouncing the press, charges of “fake news,” and a general threatening attitude towards journalists are a breeding ground for danger and a slippery slope toward extremism.

Now is the time for public figures and brands to respond to public opinion and media critiques with progressive action, not lawsuits.

Statement from Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham (NEW YORK):

Since our founding in 2010, a key part of the Fashion Law Institute’s mission has been to provide pro bono legal assistance to industry professionals – in this case, individuals working to hold the fashion industry to high ethical standards, to defend the right to freedom of speech, and to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by criticizing anti-Asian caricatures.

Italian and U.S. anti-defamation law differ in their specifics, and it is apparent that the plaintiffs engaged in a degree of forum shopping. However, we are confident that Diet Prada is on the right side of both law and history, and we are honored to help them demonstrate that harmful stereotypes are never in style.  

Statement from Marco Amorese, AMSL Avvocati (MILAN and BERGAMO, ITALY)

Freedom of speech and criticism are fundamental values of an open society and constitute an important stimulus in the dissemination of a way of doing business that respects the diversity of gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The critique of cultural paradigms that are deemed inadequate should promote change and not give rise to judicial actions aimed at silencing it. We are convinced that Italian Courts will know how to protect those civil liberties.

Contact information 

Fashion Law Institute 

at Fordham


An unofficial English-language translation of the response filed Monday on behalf of Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, along with the original version in Italian, is available in Dropbox

Response – english translation

Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinic

Fordham Law student - now alum! - Adrienne Montes welcoming Fashion Law Pop-Up clinic attendees


We’re here to help! A key part of the Fashion Law Institute’s mission is providing legal assistance to designers and fashion industry professionals, not only in the form of educational programming but also by offering free legal consultations. Long before the launch of the Institute, we realized that there was no fashion-specific pro bono legal program available, and that many emerging and independent designers lacked access to basic legal advice tailored to the fashion industry. With the help of the CFDA, we set out to fill that information gap.

Our series of Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinics matches each individual designer with a volunteer attorney who has both fashion experience and expertise related to the question at hand, along with an advanced student studying fashion law for extra assistance. (We came up with the “pop-up” name as a nod to retail pop-up stores – and a way to distinguish this program from traditional law school clinical courses.)

If you are a designer with a question or an attorney who would like to volunteer, please click here or email us for more information. Designers and other fashion industry professionals, please understand that we do not ordinarily arrange legal counsel apart from the Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinics and that space in this popular program is limited.

Inside Out 6

Purple flag graphic Inside Out 6 February 26, 2021, 8:45-10am

Bipartisan purple had a fashion moment on Inauguration Day in the United States, as Vice President Kamala Harris, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and  former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all opted for powerful head-to-toe statements of unity in violet, purple, and plum.  It's also a color that has variously represented royalty, the NACWC and the Black women's movement, women's suffrage, and Victorian half-mourning -- the latter relevant today as a sign of hope as we move past the depths of the pandemic and see new light at the end of the tunnel.  Our 6th annual February fashion month event, "Inside Out 6 - Purple Reign: Fashion's in-house counsel on a new U.S. administration and a new world order," invokes this symbolism as we ask counsel from a range of fashion companies to share their legal insight and foresight on topics including sustainability, digital innovation, data privacy, bankruptcy, and diversity, equity, & inclusion.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday, February 26, from 8:45-10:00am New York time -- in shades from lavender to ultraviolet, of course!

DATE: Friday, February 26, 2021
TIME: 8:45-10:00am
PLACE: Online via Zoom
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional


  • Nick Barnhorst, Vice President, Head of Legal & Regulatory, Fresh, Inc. 
  • Louise Firestone, SVP, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, LVMH Moët Hennesy Louis Vuitton Inc. 
  • Marie Funel, Corporate Counsel, Birchbox, Inc. 
  • Jeffrey Hellman, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, PVH Corp. 
  • Ashley Valdes, Senior Counsel, Warby Parker 
  • Moderated by Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

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Have a smashing 2021!

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Sign up in January for these upcoming events:
Inside Out 6: Fashion’s In-House Counsel
11th Annual Symposium
Dates to be announced soon!

Applications for our next online Fashion Law Bootcamp are also open!

And, if you’re feeling the spirit of the season, the glee of a holiday bonus, or simply the satisfaction of planning a tax deduction before the end of the year, please help us continue the work of the Fashion Law Institute with your donation. We’re a self-supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and contributions at all levels are deeply appreciated!

10th Annual Symposium

So, 2020. Every year our annual symposium is the highlight of the fashion law calendar, but as the coronavirus spread last spring, we postponed it and instead offered you the first online panel on fashion and the pandemic – and realized that hundreds more participants were able to join us simultaneously from all over the world.

We now bring you our 10th Annual Symposium, Silver Linings, running for four consecutive Fridays during fashion month and beyond. The pandemic may keep us working from home in loungewear for the moment, but we can still come together as a fashion law community to celebrate, interrogate, and advance the substance of style. YOU are the silver lining of 2020, and we look forward to seeing you online soon!

DATE: September 25 and October 2, 9, and 16, 2020
TIME: 8:45-10:00am New York time
NYS CLE: 6 hours total (see individual panels for details)
PLACE: Zoom webinar


Quicksilver Deals: Tiffany v. LVMH and M&A in a pandemic
September 25, 2020
NYS CLE: 1.5 professional practice, transitional & non-transitional


Avery S. Fischer, EVP, GC, & Secretary, Ralph Lauren
Mark Fischer, EVP, GC, & Secretary, PVH
Vincent Fuller II, Associate, Fried Frank
Brien M. Wassner, Partner, Sidley Austin
MODERATOR: Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

Heirloom Silver: The afterlife of brands
October 2, 2020
NYS CLE: 1.5 professional practice, transitional & non-transitional


Angela Byun, Principal, AB WORLD
Jeffrey Hellman, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, PVH Corp.
Colette Stanford, SVP-General Counsel, SPARC Group
MODERATOR: Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham
If you missed the panel, watch it here on demand.

Sterling Intentions: Is your diversity & inclusion plan legal?
October 9, 2020
NYS CLE: 1.0 diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias; .5 ethics


Nancy Bishai, General Counsel, APP Group
Fiona W. Ong, Partner, Shawe Rosenthal LLP
Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, New York City Commission on Human Rights
MODERATOR: Kenya Wiley, Founder and Policy Counsel, Fashion Innovation Alliance
If you missed the panel, watch it here on demand.

Silver Bullet? Mask policies, problems, and solutions
October 16, 2020
NYS CLE: 1.0 professional practice, transitional & non-transitional; .5 ethics


Ashley Brown, General Counsel, ONE Management
Abrima Erwiah, Co-Founder and President, Studio One Eighty Nine
Elisheva Hirshman, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Employment & Litigation, PVH Corp.
John Maltbie, Director of Intellectual Property, Civil Enforcement, Louis Vuitton Americas
MODERATOR: Ariele Elia, Assistant Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

If you registered previously for our 10th Annual Symposium, you will receive a separate email. And thank you!

Registration is free unless you seeking New York State CLE credit or would like a limited edition Fashion Law Institute face mask!

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Pink face mask with Fashion Law Institute needle-and-spool gavel logo on top of books

Media Mentions 2020

2020 (selected)


‘Cultural Appropriation’: A Rivalrous Reaction to a Rivalrous Problem
Medium, December 26, 2020

Intellectual Property – A Way To Protect The ‘Expressions Of Folklore’
International Journal of Advanced Legal Research, December 11, 2020

Thank U, Next: Cultural Appropriation Has Overstayed Its Welcome
Let’s Give This Some Thought Podcast, December 7, 2020

How to Tell if Your Louis Vuitton is Fake
Budget Fashionista, December 5, 2020

Fashion (Law) Forward: An Interview with Professor Susan Scafidi
JLPP Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, November 23, 2020

Supreme x VF Corp Deal: What Does it Means For Supreme
New Culture, November 19, 2020

Access for All Requires Native Justice
Eloquent Magazine, November 14, 2020

The UK watchdog is tackling greenwashing. Will others?
Vogue Business, November 12, 2020

Will Supreme End Up in TJ Maxx?
Complex, November 12, 2020

Fashion Law in 2020: Part I
Fashion Law Chile, November 9, 2020

Who Owns Culture? There’s a Legal Side to the Issue of Cultural Appropriation
WWD, November 5, 2020

Is Kamala Harris’s Fashion Her Secret Weapon?
The Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2020

Trick nor Treat: the hounding of Halloween
The Critic, October 30, 2020

This is America: I’m a Black person who loves Halloween. Please stop ruining it for me
USA Today, October 29, 2020

“Stop Cooking Your Watered Down Versions of Asian Food”
Erica Lovelace Cooks, October 28, 2020

Offensive Halloween Costumes You Definitely Shouldn’t Wear
Latin Post, October 27, 2020

Photographer Under Fire for Using A Nude Photo in a Book After the Model Asked Him Not To 
DIY Photography, October 8, 2020

What is Cultural Appropriation? Social Justice Usage
Dayz of Noah, October 26, 2020

Honoring Indigenous Wellness Practices
Similar Souls on Fire, October 12, 2020

US Legal Protections for TK & TCES, Gaps in Protection, and Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives 
Native American Rights Fund, October 19, 2020

Kanye West Wants a Board Seat at Gap and Adidas. We Break Down What That Means and if It’s Possible.
Complex, October 6, 2020

All Shook Up: The Politics of Cultural Appropriation
Dissent, October 5, 2020

CLL Hosts First Virtual Fashion Pop-Up Clinic
Cowan, Leibowitz, & Latman, September 29, 2020

On the Rise: Patricia M. Flanagan, September 28, 2020

Can Black Lives Matter Finally Fix the Fashion Industry?
Cosmopolitan, September 25, 2020

This year’s election matters to fashion and humanity more than ever
Fashionista, September 24, 2020

For Fashion Week, the industry tries to reinvent itself
Marketplace, September 24, 2020

Belgian designer accuses Virgil Abloh of copying. Again.
Art Daily, September 18, 2020

When Non-Native People Burn Sage, It’s Cultural Appropriation—And We Don’t Support It
Well + Good, September 18, 2020

COVID Crisis in Fashion Industry Affects Women and Families, Fordham Experts Say
Fordham News, September 15, 2020

Demystifying Your Office Dress Code Policy
Eden, September 10, 2020

What is cultural appropriation? Examples and definition of the term after Adele is criticised for use of Bantu Knots
The Scotsman, September 2, 2020

What is the definition of cultural appropriation – and why is it bad?
Horncastle News, September 2, 2020

Decoding Fashion Industry: Need for Fashion Law
Legal Wires, September 1, 2020

Is The ‘Fox Eye’ Makeup Trend Racist Toward Asians?
Huffpost, August 31, 2020

Mexico: Fashion Law
ECIJA, August 27, 2020

Belgian Designer Accuses Virgil Abloh of Copying. Again.
The New York Times, August 13, 2020

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Names Interim Director
Hollywood Reporter, August 13, 2020

So Ordered: The Messy Nature of Dress Codes
Die Workwear, August 13, 2020

Brands Claim Their Clothes Kill Viruses. Will Consumers Buy It?
Business of Fashion, August 10, 2020

Forever 21 goes from rags to riches to bankruptcy court
Spectacular Failures, August 10, 2020

The Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation
Passion Passport, August 7, 2020

Italian American Chamber of Commerce, July 28, 2020

Careers in Geek Fashion
ComicCon@Home2020, July 26, 2020

“Crazy” Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture, and the Pandemic
ComicCon@Home 2020, July 24, 2020

Will Halloween be canceled? What costumes will be culturally appropriate amid racial reckoning
ABC News, July 22, 2020

Cultural Appropriation Was Always Inexcusable
Instyle, July 15, 2020

Kanye West’s Deal with Gap is Unprecedented. Here’s Why.
Complex, July 13, 2020

Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy
Marketplace, July 8, 2020

Are Robots Coming For Models’ Jobs?
Elle, July 8, 2020

Fashion and law are increasing the degree courses and masters
Il Sole 24, July 8, 2020

The new corporate swag: Branded masks, sanitizer spray bottles and Zoom vanity light rings
Washington Post, July 2, 2020

Why Fashion Brands and Their Retail Landlords Are Suing Each Other
Business of Fashion, June 26, 2020

Stephen Sidkin speaking at UAL and Fashion Law Institute webinar, 25 June 2020
Fox Williams, June 24, 2020

Best Graduate Schools
US News, June 23, 2020

Guide to Career in Fashion Law; Work Profile, Opportunities and Scope
Legal Desire, June 22, 2020

A Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Cultural Appropriation
ThoughtCo., June 18, 2020

Fashion questions now – Professor Susan Scafidi & Jeff Trexler
University of the Arts London, June 16, 2020

Lessons Learned: Alumni Reflect on Navigating New Careers in Tough Times
Fordham Law News, June 11, 2020

Innovative Solutions to Fast Fashion Challenges
Environmental Law Institute, June 10, 2020

New Remote Networking Program Fosters Alumni-Student Relationships
Fordham Law News, June 4, 2020

TV host Jimmy Fallon apologizes for wearing blackface in old SNL clip after being slammed on social media
Asia Ville News, May 27, 2020

Going Viral: Fashion, Law, and the Coronavirus
Fordham Law News, April 29, 2020

How Fashion Is Navigating The COVID-19 Pandemic
US Chamber of Commerce, April 16, 2020

Collaboration, Compassion Key for Supply Chain Crisis Management 
Sourcing Journal, April 2, 2020

Modeling Agencies Feeling the Pain, Developing Digital Solutions
WWD, March 31, 2020

What Fashion Brands Need to Know about the Stimulus Package
Business of Fashion, March 27, 2020

Experts Unpack the Massive Cross-Industry Impact of the Coronavirus
US Chamber of Commerce, March 20, 2020

Living & Working In the New Reality 
Look Online, March 19, 2020

Fashion as Art: Rights and Remedies in the Age of Social Media
MDPI, March 11, 2020

Coronavirus, Cancellations, and Contracts
WWD, March 10, 2020

Watch the Careers In Gaming Fashion Panel From PAX East 2020
Geekfold, March 5, 2020

The fight for the Phillie Phanatic: Who owns the essence of an iconic mascot?
The Score, March 4, 2020

TikTok teens are obsessed with fake luxury products
CNBC, March 1, 2020

The Law and Ethics on Cultural Appropriation
Durham University, February 28, 2020

How to Tell if your Louis Vuitton is Fake
Budget Fashionista, February 27, 2020

Phillie Phanatic Fight Shines Spotlight on Copyright Licensing
Bloomberg Law, February 26, 2020

The Origin of Fashion Law And It’s Arrival in Spain 
Enrique Ortega Burgos, February 22, 2020

Dressing For The Campaign Trail Can Be Tough For Female Candidates
Washington Post, February 19, 2020

Fashion Laws with comparison
Be Attractive, February 18, 2020

Fashion Between Inspiration and Appropriation
MDPI, February 12, 2020

Forever 21 get $81 Million Stalking-Horse Bid From ABG, Landlords
WWD, February 3, 2020

Can Beyoncé or Adidas Sue Popeyes Over Ivy Park-Inspired Collection?
Complex, January 31, 2020

Fashion Law Speaker- The Intersection of Copyright and Fashion 
Cornell, January 31, 2020

Fashion Law Professional Development Workshop
University of Arts London, January 31, 2020

Creation, Destruction, and the Future of Fashion
Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, & Entertainment Law Journal, January 30, 2020

Albany Strip Club Must Face Carmen Electra Image Use Claims (3) 
Bloomberg Law, January 29, 2020

The Failure of the Forever 21 Empire
January 17, 2020

Rosita Arvigo on Cultural Appropriation
Lotus Womb, January 7, 2020

Multiculturalism, or Culture or Appropriation
City Journal, January 3 , 2020