Audio books are my latest obsession. I listen to them everywhere: in the bathtub, in the car, at the grocery store. My most recent download is The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake. This story describes the decadence of the 1970’s and chronicles the rise of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. In one passage, the author describes Karl Lagerfeld’s method of research. A voracious reader, Lagerfeld purchased scads of fashion books and magazines daily. He was known for buying two copies of each book; one for his library and one to cut up and share with his entourage, including illustrator Antonio Lopez and his creative partner Juan Ramos.


It is not unusual for fashion designers to research and study the past collections of others in order to create a “new” collection. Likewise, it is quite common for creatives to gather together to parse out new ideas in groups. However, when inspiration can come from any idea and everywhere, it can be difficult to determine the origins of a singular creative idea.

It is not advisable to share your creative ideas with anyone you do not trust unless you are willing and able to sue to enforce your rights. It is recommended that you seek advice of a licensed attorney in your state before making decision or executing anything related to your legal issue or base any decision off of the content from this article.

For the full piece by Mariessa Terrell, President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (, please check out the Summer Innovate issue of Raine Magazine.

Adapted by Liz Belilovskaya

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