Yoko Ono Ordered to Pay Off Brooklyn Designer After Lawsuit

Looks like the famous artist's wacky designs weren't so original after all.
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Looks like the famous artist's wacky designs weren't so original after all.
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

When Yoko Ono designed a special-edition line of menswear for Opening Ceremony back in 2012, it raised eyebrows for a couple of reasons. 

First, it was batshit crazy. The "Fashions for Men" collection — which was based on a book of illustrations that Ono drew as a wedding gift for John Lennon in 1969 — featured minimalistic pieces with sexual references aplenty, like handprints drawn on the crotches of pants and a slightly childish outline of a butt on a hoodie. Second, in an even crazier turn of events, Ono may have actually gotten her inspiration elsewhere.

Brooklyn-based designer Haleh Nematzadeh came forward after the collection's release with a claim that Ono ripped off her designs, as Nematzadeh had previously met with Opening Ceremony with the hopes that her pieces would make it into the retailer's catalog. As it turns out, she had a case, and now Ono has to pay up.

Page Six is reporting that Ono and Nematzadeh have reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount, according to papers filed in Brooklyn federal court. The court documents, which were signed last month, confirm that the two parties reached a settlement over Nematzadeh's claims of copyright infringement, with the stipulation that the case be dismissed and not be brought to court. A rep for Nematzadeh did not respond to our request for comment.