It appears the MMA drama is not over just yet. This after two renowned Mzansi fashion designers, David Tlale and Paledi Segapo, got into a social media brawl over plagiarism allegations.
Saturday night, Segapo, founder and creative director of Palse, wore this navy drape suit from emerging designer, Thandolwethu Piliso – which he attested to in an interview with Zkhiphani a day before the MMAs.
The outfit seemed to ruffle Tlale’s feathers as he went on to liken it to one of his intern’s designs – alluding to, among other things, design theft from Segapo.
Tlale took to Instagram, in a post he has since deleted, and lashed out at Segapo for stealing Siphosihle Masango’s design idea from his collection showcased under The Intern by David Tlale at last year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Segapo didn’t take this lying down and was quick to defend himself against David’s accusations – responding directly on Tlale’s post and further creating his own post that took a swipe at Tlale and his allegations.
This also prompted poor Piliso to defend his honor in the debacle. The young desinger cited dates and previous designs he made of this alleged “stolen” drape suit.
Yesterday, Segapo, through his publicist, went on to release a statement condemning the gross allegation levelled against him. In it, he adds his disappointment and great disbelief.
“I pride myself in my work and brand and would never do anything to put it in jeopardy. It’s unethical and disrespectful to pass off another creative’s work as that of your own. The fashion industry is competitive it’s up to us to rise above it and support each other where possible – hence my supporting emerging designers either through mentorship or providing them the needed exposure,” says Segapo.
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*Paledi Segapo image from Vodacom Durban July. David Tlale image from Media Update.