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Yoko Ono sued after designer says work was copied

Jon Swaine Washington

Published 26/03/2013 | 08:15

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Yoko Ono: faces US lawsuit

Yoko Ono is being sued by a New York designer who alleges that the 80-year-old artist copied her work for a fashion range supposedly inspired by John Lennon.

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Haleh Nematzadeh claims that the "1969-2012" menswear series features motifs from her own designs, which she had submitted to a retailer now selling Ms Ono's clothes. Ms Ono has said the range -- which features $335 (¿261) trousers and $200 (¿156) jock straps -- was influenced by a set of drawings she gave Lennon when they married in 1969.

But, like several garments designed by Ms Nematzadeh, a 36-year-old Iranian-American, Ms Ono's high-priced line contains items featuring distinctive hand-prints on the chest and crotch areas. "Standing up for truth is scary, but I wouldn't live any other way," Ms Nematzadeh said.

Her lawsuit alleges she submitted pictures of her designs to staff at Opening Ceremony, the boutique selling Ms Ono's clothes, hoping that it might begin featuring her work.

She claims Opening Ceremony and Ms Ono lifted her designs for their range without consulting her or giving her credit, and dismisses Ms Ono's "feeble attempt" to explain her influences. Spokesmen for Opening Ceremony and Ms Ono did not return requests for comment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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