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Tuesday, January 12, 1999 Published at 15:35 GMT


Libel win for designer McQueen

Alexander McQueen's creations shown at London Fashion Week 1998

Alexander McQueen, the chief fashion designer for Givenchy, has accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages against Time Out magazine over claims of plagiarism.

[ image: McQueen: Substantial damages]
McQueen: Substantial damages
The London listings magazine alleged the designer had copied ideas from two other designers identified only as Mr Merrell and Miss A.

Givenchy's solicitor, Rupert Earle, told Mr Justice Morland at the High Court in London that the article might have given readers the impression that the alleged claims were well-founded and indicated that these two would be launching legal actions against Mr McQueen.

Time Out, its editor Dominic Wells and journalist Paul Ravenscroft unreservedly accepted Mr McQueen's absolute rejection of any suggestion that he stole or copied the designs of Mr Merrell and Miss A.

Time Out apologised to Mr McQueen and Givenchy and had agreed to pay them substantial damages and their legal costs.

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