Amid his controversial tweet storm Kanye West posted sketches of a “YEEZY study for base layers start.” The image depicts the raw anatomy of a runner’s legs with notes that provide guidelines to creating the ultimate shoe.
Ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman, who now holds a role at Givenchy, has accused West of stealing the designs from him. He commented the following after seeing the tweet: “When Kanye rips your 10-year-old Nike sketch and claims it.” He goes on to allege, that the date had been photoshopped from the document and ripped from his website.
Fashion gate keepers Diet Prada pointed out the similarities between Kanye’s post and that 2005 original, providing scalding commentary. The designs from Spackman’s drawings later became the Nike React running collection that focused on the freedom of movement and human comfort.
Take a look at the evidence below and leave your thoughts as well.
this is where a YEEZY study for base layer starts. I’m so excited about our new design team. Yeezy is no longer a fashion company we should be referred to as apparel or clothing or simply YEEZY. pic.twitter.com/0hcy4yHvO2
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 30, 2018
Ever-controversial Kanye is no stranger to digging in the far reaches of the internet for inspiration. Is Ye just showing his creative process with inspiration images or claiming the work to be his own? Photoshopping out the title of the sketch in the top left corner is pretty much a dead giveaway lol. The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called “Living Apparel” which eventually became “Nike React”, a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort. Can we just call it Yee?y now? ? • #yeezy #kanyewest #kanye #kimye #theft #inspiration #illustration #design #fashiondesign #sportswear #streetwear #athleisure #nike #streetstyle #running #nikerunning #hypebeast #highsnobiety #snobshots #wiwt #ootd #copycat #knockoff #wtf #dietprada