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EXCLUSIVE: Project Runway Designer Accused Of Copying Designs

Mar. 27 2010, Published 4:14 a.m. ET

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Project Runway’s Gordana Gehlhausen is being accused of copying designs from celebrity jewelry maker Michaela Kuechenhoff, has learned exclusively.

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Michaela, who has created jewelry for Jessica Simpson, Fergie and Juliette Lewis, tells “I hate things like this, but I have to start protecting my designs.”

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She says the two met a year ago, when Gordana, who was in Project Runway 6, invited her to be in a show at LA Fashion Week.

When Michaela picked up her jewelry a few weeks later, she says Gordana “had copied one of the designs.”

Since then she says Gordana has copied two other designs including “a new square design, I wanted to mass produce. It’s my favorite design, everyone liked it. I can’t mass produce it now!”

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Jody Auslund, publicist for Gordana tells "We deny those defamatory allegations and because of the legal nature of the matter, we can not discuss it further."

Ironically, the two designers were in a show Friday night in San Diego.

Michaela tells “I’m almost afraid to show pieces tonight, because who knows what will happen.”



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