Yoko Ono is debuting a line of men’s fashions, and it’s hard to tell if it’s a joke, if she seriously thinks men will want to wear these garments, or if she’s making some kind of feminist statement on the absurd sexism of women’s fashion vs. men’s fashion.
If one were to simply come across the collection, for which she partnered with Opening Ceremony, one might be led to believe this is, in fact, a performance art statement of sorts.
But it’s hard to tell when the co-founder of a legitimate company like Opening Ceremony makes the kind of statements he made to WWD. Humberto Leon says of Ono, “I think she just fell in love with John [Lennon]’s body and wanted to show off all of the parts of his body that she loved. There’s something so beautiful about that sentiment.”
Yoko’s own statements about the line read much more tongue-in-cheek — or at least one would hope. The artist-turned-musician-turned-filmmaker-turned-designer says she conceptualized these garments in 1969 and compiled her sketches in a book as a wedding gift to Lennon.
“I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men’ amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod,” says Ono. “So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod and gave it to him as a wedding present. You can imagine how he went wild and fell in love with me even more.”
Yoko Ono Fashions for Men 1969-2012 — which features a bra for men with light bulb nipples, thigh-high open-toe high-heeled boots with crystal studs, and slim-leg pants with cutouts at the knee — can be viewed in all its glory on Opening Ceremony’s website. The pieces were manufactured in limited edition runs, so if you are looking for just the right pair of business slacks with the butt cut out, you’ll want to hurry to the the London, New York, Los Angeles or Tokyo store locations.