Fast internet fashion is ghastly at the best of times, with its unsustainable and environmentally damaging waste cycle, but when Pedro Palmas had 45 of his stunning creations copied and sold online for a fraction of the price this week, you realise just how bad the fast fashion scene really is.
The website in question used actual Vogue images from a recent Pedro Palmas catwalk show in Madrid and Gran Canaria, to try and trick buyers into purchasing copies of the designs at prices that were sometimes as low as 300 to 400 euros under the original price.
Thank goodness, the Minister of Industry and Commerce are stepping in to start an investigation into this blatant plagiarism. According to the ministry, the website is thought to be Asian, which makes matters worse, as Asian countries are known to use sweat shops, paying minimum wage, with horrific working conditions and bad quality materials. Here in Europe garments cost more because workers are paid proper wages to do a proper job and use particularly chosen quality materials that work specifically within the content of the collections.
The designs of Ogadenia Díaz and Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra have also been found on the rogue site.
fotographs by Tony Sorvent for MsCastroRides