Did Harry Potter Steal An Alexander McQueen Dress?

Knockoffs in fashion aren’t exactly a new trick, but we were a little surprised this morning when we found photos of a Harry Potter movie costume that looks a lot (and we mean a lot) like one of the late Alexander McQueen‘s designs.

Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will feature the wedding of the characters Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley, and few leaked images indicate that the bride will wear a white dress with two black phoenixes that wrap around most of the construction and meet near the decolletage.

Jany Temime, a French designer who’s credited on IMDb as the costume designer for the film, had this to say about the dress:

“Fleur’s dress is made in organza and decorated with a pair of phoenixes that face one another on the bodice and form the silhouette of a heart. I chose the phoenix because, like love, it is eternal.”

It’s a lovely sentiment attached to a great dress. And it was an even greater dress still when it came down McQueens fall 2008 runway, when it featured peacocks instead of phoenixes. Did changing the applique from a real bird to a fake one turn a real dress into a knockoff, or did the house of McQueen make a custom dress for the film?

There seems to be some disagreement on the Internet — one commenter on Fashin, where we found this story originally, seems to think that it’s an original McQueen dress, but the rest of the Web seems to think it’s a Temime design.

For all of our searching, pointing and clicking, we can’t seem to come up with a definite answer, but the one thing that’s clear is that while Temime might be a talented costumer, she probably doesn’t deserve all of the credit here.



[Via Fashin and Lela London]

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