Graffiti artist Joseph Tierney, better known as Rime, has sparked a lawsuit against luxury Italian fashion house Moschino, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Moschino and its creative director, the American designer Jeremy Scott, allegedly used art from one of Rime's murals, a piece located in Detroit and entitled "Vandal Eyes," to make a similar print for the dress that pop singer Katy Perry wore to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Gala in May, all without his permission.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rime claims that Perry was paid to wear the dress and generate publicity for Moschino's brand. Scott and the singer both showed up to the Gala in a spray-painted Rolls Royce print, while also carrying fake spray paint cans with signature Moschino branding.
"If this literal misappropriation were not bad enough, Moschino and Jeremy Scott did their own painting over that of the Artist — superimposing the Moschino and Jeremy Scott brand names in spray-paint style as if part of the original work," states the complaint.
Rime says that the stolen design has also been seen in Moschino's February 2015 fashion show (on model Gigi Hadid), and on the fashion house's website and social media accounts.
Rime is a well-known, Brooklyn-based artist who was hired by Disney to help redesign its Mickey Mouse character, back in 2008, and worked on collaborations with Adidas and Converse. He will bring the case to court with claims of copyright infringement, publicity rights, and unfair competition.