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Supreme responds to Morrissey in row over photo shoot

Clothing brand explain their side of argument over Terry Richardson shoot

Andrew Hughes

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A spokesperson for clothing brand Supreme has responded to Morrissey after the singer claimed that images of him modelling their clothes are unauthorised.

As reported, Morrissey is featured in new adverts for skateboard company/clothing brand Supreme, with posters popping up in both Japan and France. The images were taken by controversial photographer Terry Richardson. See photos posted via Instagram below.

However, the former Smiths frontman has stated that he asked to withdraw from the campaign after becoming aware that the brand is sponsored by fast food chain White Castle.

Morrissey follows in the footsteps of Neil Young, who has previously modeled for Supreme. Odd Future and Justin Bieber have been instrumental in popularising the brand in recent years.



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However, in a statement obtained via Stereogum, a Supreme spokesperson states that Morrissey signed a contract with the company and subsequently rejected all of the images taken during the shoot without explanation. Supreme also state that Morrissey would not cooperate with them afterwards and that was why they released the images currently on billboards around the world.

The Supreme statement reads:

"In July of 2015 Supreme approached Morrissey to participate in one of it’s poster and T-Shirt campaigns. The scope of the project was explained in full detail to Morrissey, including the intended look, the setting, the photographer, as well as the items that would be produced: a T-Shirt and a poster. An agreement was entered which named the photographer as Terry Richardson, who has shot many of Supreme’s campaigns, and whom Morrissey has worked with before. Images of past campaigns were sent to Morrissey for reference so that the intended result was clear. Morrissey required a substantial fee for his participation in this project which Supreme paid up front and in full. The photo shoot lasted two hours and Morrissey was free to do, and pose as he wished. The agreement prohibits Morrissey from “unreasonably” withholding approval of the use of photographs taken at the photo shoot.

"After offering Morrissey several options of images from the shoot, Morrissey rejected them all with no explanation. Instead, Morrissey insisted on using a photo that he had taken of himself wearing a Supreme T-shirt for the campaign. This image was later made public on Instagram by his nephew.

"Unable to use this image Supreme repeatedly offered Morrissey three very reasonable options as a remedy to the impasse: 1) To do an entire re-shoot at Supreme’s sole expense, 2) To select one of the many options from the shoot with Terry Richardson that were offered to Morrissey, 3) To return the money that was paid to Morrissey by Supreme.

"Morrissey repeatedly ignored all three options with no reason given as to why. He then proceeded to assert a sudden and ridiculous claim that because Supreme had used the White Castle logo on a group of products in the past, and because he is a known vegetarian, that the agreement was supposedly terminated.

"In light of this ploy, Supreme once again requested the return of the money it had paid to Morrissey so that both parties could walk away from the project. However, he refused.

"After many attempts to solve this problem, and left with no other viable options, Supreme proceeded to publish these images as per it’s agreement with Morrissey."

Morrissey has yet to respond to Supreme's statement.

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