Billie Eilish's fashion line pulled after designer admits stealing artist's work

“Billie and her team were not aware we used your art,
they just believed in the product.”

Billie Eilish

Billie
Eilish
has cancelled an upcoming fashion line after it emerged
that the designer had copied another artist’s work.

Last week, Eilish unveiled a new capsule collection in
collaboration with Siberia Hills. Among the designs were a t-shirt
and hoodie adorned with anime character Nozomi Tojo from the
show Long Live! Fans pointed out that the design had a very
strong resemblance to one by Makoto Kurokawa – who had drawn
Tojo scantily in a bikini in four different positions.

Compare the two designs below.

Ok so we’re all in the kno
•SiberianHills collab with Billie Eilish and stole artwork from
JP artist @/m_qurokawa
•SH artist says theyre “in talks” with JP artist after
deleting comments calling them out
•Comments get disabled
•Early version of hoodie gets deleted off SHs IG pic.twitter.com/lirCUIahvW

— THAT’S THE CRUEL ANGEL’S TEA SIS (@yonkerzbarz)
August 9, 2019

The colour of the character’s hair and bikini had been altered
for the Siberia Hills design, and the word ‘Billie’ was added
in Japanese. After it had come to light that the image had been
taken without Kurokawa’s permission, the fashion brand then took
to Instagram to apologise, before production on the shirts was
pulled and refunds were made available.

“To the talented artist Mr. M_Qurokawa, we apologize for
taking from your artwork for our merchandise collaboration with
Billie Eilish,” they wrote. “Billie and her team were not aware
we used your art, they just believed in the product.”

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Meanwhile, last month saw
Eilish details details of a new graffiti-inspired clothing line in
association with designers Freak City
.

With everything from graffitied shirts and shorts to skirts,
tube tops and even neon goggles, the collection is up for purchase
on the
singer’s website
.

Earlier this month,
Eilish made history by joining Alanis Morissette and Sinead
O’Connor as the only female soloists to notch multiple No. 1
singles on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs list
since its
inception 31 years ago.

Eilish’s track ‘bad guy’ climbed to the top of the
alternative charts, Billboard announced
last week
 (August 8), after ‘bury a friend’ reigned at the
peak for two weeks in May. This also makes the 17-year-old the
youngest female solo artist to bag the honour.

After the runaway success of
her huge debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We
Go
?’, Eilish will
return to the UK later this month to perform at Reading & Leeds
Festival
– where her slot has been promoted to the main stage
due to phenomenal demand.

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Billie Eilish's fashion line pulled after designer admits stealing artist's work