Tonto Dikeh placed a picture of herself styled in a design she credited to her newest stylist. Designer and stylist Tiannah took issue with that and placed a picture on social media showing who the credit should have been attributed to. The exchange below began and continues today.
Designers, stylists, if it is that important to you to get proper style credit, then you should be consistent with industry standard when having a celeb wear your designs or styled by you. If you do not know what the industry standard is, research and find out.
Also, for stylists, if a celeb you cared enough to dress behaves this way, you really shouldn’t be getting into exchanges with that celeb. Take control of the narrative, your story. Share the fact that you dressed them on your fashion CV, websites, share with the press and bloggers, share it on interviews TV, radio, online radio, podcasts. Why the need for the exchange and a major show case of rachetdness? I’m not sure I get it.
(NOTE: Tonto Dikeh’s response seems to suggest that Tiannah is using her name, image and likeness without compensation. In the USA, that would get us in the realm of Right of Publicity laws. Nigeria doesn’t have such laws but does have right of privacy under Tort Law that would deal with this issue. Tonto’s arguments would be similar to that which Rihanna made in the UK against Top Shop UK and won. Tonto can also sue Tianna in the UK and that would probably be a better place to sue. African designers and stylists, you may make the gown but if a celeb wears it and you never styled them, you can’t be perambulating that celeb’s image all over the place and using it to gain more business without expecting to compensate that celeb or expect situations like this).
Goodluck to these two.
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