By  on November 26, 2007

PARIS — Louis Vuitton and artist Vanessa Beecroft, who had naked ladies bend into the shape of the luxury name for a 2005 collaboration, have spelled out an apology to a Dutch graphic designer for copyright infringement.

"Louis Vuitton, whose policy is to promote talented artists, deeply regrets any damage that has been caused to Anthon Beeke," Vuitton said in a statement. Beeke created his "Naked Ladies Alphabet" in 1970 and charged that Beecroft's work for Vuitton was an unauthorized copy.

Details of any settlement could not be learned. Vuitton declined further comment.

In the statement, Beecroft said it was "never her intention to create confusion" and agreed to cease all further use of the nudie alphabet, which was featured in a book published last September by Edizioni Charta. All third parties are also to cease use of the images.

Vuitton used Beecroft's letters last year to christen its Espace Louis Vuitton, a permanent, 4,300-square-foot cultural space atop the world's largest Vuitton store on the Champs-Elysées here. At the time, Beecroft said she took inspiration from an old magazine she found at a thrift shop.

Vuitton continues to tighten its links to the art world. Creative director Marc Jacobs tapped Richard Prince for spring 2008 leather goods, and Vuitton plans to construct an art foundation in Paris with architect Frank Gehry.

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