You know the one - the very dress that made red-carpet history at the 2000 Grammy Awards; caused so much international commotion that Google invented an image search facility; and 20 years on, still somehow managed to break the internet.
It seems the iconic green gown is still busy turning heads as it’s just been caught in the middle of a David and Goliath court battle.
Versace is going after California-based fast fashion retailer Fashion Nova for selling a suspiciously similar dress… as well as two other “inspired” dresses. Oh, Fashion Nova.
Alongside the Jungle Print, Versace has disputed the fast fashion brand’s use of its black and gold Barocco design, and Pop Hearts design, both of which are also copyright protected.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, claims Fashion Nova deliberately copied the dresses "in conscious disregard of Versace’s superior rights."
“Fashion Nova’s ability to churn out new clothing so quickly is due in large part to its willingness to copy the copyrighted designs, trademarks and trade dress elements of well-known designers such as Versace, and trade on their creative efforts in order to bolster Fashion Nova’s bottom line,” the lawsuit reads.
"Fashion Nova’s Infringing Apparel is plainly a deliberate effort to exploit the popularity and renown of Versace’s signature designs, and to trade on Versace’s valuable goodwill and business reputation.”
"Versace seeks to bring an end to Fashion Nova’s latest brazen attempt at copying the work of yet another famous and world-renowned designer."
And if you’re familiar with, uh, the internet, you’d know that this isn’t the first time Fashion Nova has been called out for making “inspired” items. Kim Kardashian West shamed the retailer for replicating her vintage cut-out Thierry Mugler gown, tweeting, "It's devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas."
It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) 19 February 2019
Photos: Versace court case files