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Has Fashion’s Licensing of Art Gone Too Far?

GRATEFUL DEAD CUFFLINKS. Andy Warhol socks. Jean-Michel Basquiat T-shirts. Lately my email inbox brims with press releases from fashion companies pitching these items. These are not, of course, the handiwork of the artists themselves (R.I.P. Jerry, Andy and Jean-Michel) but the result of licensing partnerships struck between a brand (Tateosian, Happy Socks and Diamond Supply Co., respectively) and an estate, foundation or company.

These types of deals have long been negotiated for mass merchandise, often kid’s items emblazoned…

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