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Will the Real Elle Woods Please Stand Up? Or, Fashion Law Comes to Fordham

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By Mathew Rodriguez

Fashionistas all over the country—and maybe a few Fordham undergraduates—had their prayers answered this week by Fordham University’s School of Law. Now, you don’t have to choose between your passion for fashion and a career mom and dad can be proud of! With the opening of Fordham Law’s Fashion Law Institute, made possible by support and advice from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its president—gasp!—Diane von Furstenberg, students can pursue their textile and judicial dreams. Elle Woods would give definite *snaps* to Fordham and its initiative to make this the first program of its kind in America.

According to the program’s Web site, the institute aims to make its students leaders in an emerging field, which is one to which, sadly, most consumers remain unaware. But, in the past few months, designers like Vera Wang and Diane von Furstenburg have filed suits with companies for copyright infringement on their designs. Unfortunately, there are no copyright laws for the shape, color, or design of clothing. Rather, anti-counterfeit laws exist only for logos or decals put onto clothing. Therefore, when David’s Bridal and Forever 21 “take inspiration” from other designers, the divide between original and innovation is seamless.

In come Fordham and von Furstenberg to save the day! With their partnership, they are hoping to train leading professionals in the field of fashion law and anti-counterfeiting, as well as to train the people who will train the next generation of fashion lawyer. I, for one, am glad that Fordham will be the original, because every program after that is just going to be a knock-off.

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