Yoko Ono’s menswear collection for Opening Ceremony was… a lot of things. Wacky? Sure. Difficult to pull off? Definitely. But, unoriginal? That seemed unlikely.
However, Brooklyn-based designer Haleh Nematzadeh thought Ono’s designs looked a little too familiar. She’s gone so far as to file a lawsuit against Ono this past Friday, claiming the 80-year-old artist conspired with Opening Ceremony to steal her designs.
The New York Post reports that she met with “photographers working for Opening Ceremony” in July “hoping to get images of her Gonna Walk the Night collection in the store’s catalog.” Instead, the photographers allegedly collaborated with Yoko on tweaking Nematzadeh’s and selling them.
“They took everything with no shame,” she told the paper. “They stole from me blatantly.”
Nematzadeh’s collection in question was fetish-inspired and features nipple holes and sheer fabric. The most notable similarity to Ono’s collection is the use of hands to strategically cover up certain body parts. But neither Ono nor Nematzadeh was the first to do that. Both Diane Von Furstenberg and Rodarte featured hand prints in their fall 2012 collections. Comme des Garcons has used gloves to a similar effect. Though, the contraptions at right were pretty similar as well.
What do you think? Does Nematzadeh have a case?
Update: Opening Ceremony responded saying they do not comment on “pending litigation.”