WHO are you wearing?! Chinese actresses' red carpet faux pas in fake Elie Saab dresses

WHO are you wearing?! Chinese actresses' red carpet faux pas in fake Elie Saab dresses
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Published June 28th, 2015 - 07:16 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Tiffany Tang, making a name for herself for the wrong reasons! (Photo Bucket)
Tiffany Tang, making a name for herself for the wrong reasons! (Photo Bucket)

Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but Chinese actresses are being left red-faced after being exposed wearing cheap knock-off versions of haute couture creations.

Chinese actress Tiffany Tang, a big name in China, is the latest in a string of actresses who have been exposed at high-profile events wearing counterfeit creations, according to World Trademark Review. Tang announced at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival that she was wearing a design from Elie Saab’s 2015 Spring & Summer collection, only to be told by the Lebanese designer's reps that it was a knock-off.

Cue an embarassing public-relations disaster of finger-pointing between her management, the fashion consultancy hired to source the dress, and the buyer.

It is not the first time Tang has been caught out, and other Chinese celebrities such as Crystal Liu, Liu Shi Shi and Deng Jiajia (pictured below in another Elie Saab imitation) have also been embarrassed.

The high profile nature of the clients and the events has drawn attention to the growing industry of fashion consultants, personal shoppers, and Chinese manufacturers who are profiting from the counterfeit designer market.

While it is difficult for designers to defend their intellectual property rights to their designs, their approach to naming and shaming the celebrities who are fuelling the copycat business may turn out to be the best deterrent strategy yet.

Deng Jiajia in a knock-off Elie Saab gown from his 2014 collection at the Hundred Flowers Awards. (Photo Bucket)

In 2013 Tiffany Tang wore an imitation dress from Elie Saab's 2011 spring and summer collection. (Photo Bucket)

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