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opening ceremony

This is Taking a Page from OC, a series in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page book dedicated to the story of the iconic New York fashion brand. Dive into the world of Opening Ceremony via Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony, our current Olivia Kim–curated shop.

miapolaroidOC cofounder Humberto Leon with M.I.A.

Maybe you first heard about Opening Ceremony while Googling Omarion’s varsity jacket in the music video for “Post To Be”?

Or maybe you know music has always been a vital entry point into the brand.

Here are some key OC/music connections from the Opening Ceremony book, with tracks from individual artists.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony


miaartOriginal artwork/poetry by M.I.A. for Opening Ceremony


Smiths Night / Gang Gang Dance

ggdsmithsSmiths Night was an OC hang-out ten years ago–a night in a bar with music dedicated to the preeminent UK mope band, The Smiths. It was deejayed by Brian DeGraw from the band Gang Gang Dance, and because everything OC does turns to gold, Smiths Night was named Best Sunday Night Party in 2006 by New York magazine.




Michael Stipe