Yoko Ono and Brooklyn-based fashion designer Haleh Nematzadeh have settled their copyright lawsuit.
Haleh Nematzadeh filed a $10 million lawsuit last year alleging that Yoko Ono’s collaboration with Opening Ceremony was based on her designs.We didn’t think anyone but Yoko could come up with designs as bizarre as these designs- the collection featured a boob tube for men with flashing light bulb nipples, trousers with a see through bum patch and trousers with crotch grabbing hand prints – but Nematzadeh claims “they took everything with no shame, they stole from me blatantly.” Nematzadeh says 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 they stole her designs and teamed up with Ono who altered the garments into a men’s line.
Ono claims that she was inspired by her late husband John Lennon in creating the collection. Nematzadeh disagreed
“She’s trying to put fetish in context, but since when does fetish and John Lennon go together? When you think of the Beatles, you think of doves and trees, not that.” she said.
Namatzadeh was wise to settle. Wigsandgowns question whether the handprints would receive copyright protection – she isn’t the first designer to use hand prints in a collection – Diane Von Furstenburg used them in her A/W 2012 collection too (no, we don’t know why either), so its unlikely they’d have meet the originality requirement necessary under copyright law.
The terms of the settlement remain confidential.