madeleine vionnet, one of the most famous couturier in history and founder of the eponimous fashion house, has been one of the first designer to realize how important it was to protect her work from copying. in 1930 and 1931 she brought up 2 lawsuits against other companies that were copying her models. She won both of them and those decisions are the first to ever recognise copyright protection for fashion designs. She also photographed every single one of her creations from all the possible angles, built an archive with all the material and gave it to the french Union of arts and costumes for future reference. Her motto was “copier, c’est voler” which means that copying is like stealing
i think the most important change in my life this past year has been learning that it’s ok to respect myself because, stupidly enough, i am worth it. I can express my feelings to the world because they’re not useless, i can work on my body to be the best version of myself because it’s ok to do so, i can do things my way because it’s not stupid, i don’t have to be like everybody else and fit in, i can and i will work on every aspect of myself until i’ll truly find who i am meant to be. i will try to accept myself knowing that there are things i can change if i want to and things i can’t change. it may sound like a cliché but trust me, it took me a lifetime to understand it, i’m still working on it. It’s never too late to be who you want to be, you just need to bet on yourself.