While we love admiring the gallery wall, what’s better than art you can wear? In honor of their 50th anniversary, LACMA has collaborated with luxury boutique e-tailer Farfetch and 19 Los Angeles–area designers to produce just that: limited edition pieces inspired by artworks and antiquities in the museum’s permanent collection.
Ranging from t-shirts to ball gowns to baubles and produced by the likes of Rodarte, Anita Ko, Irene Neuwirth, The Elder Statesmen, and Nick Fouquet, the diverse selection of wares highlights the multifold intersection of fashion, art, and design—but also the Los Angeles fashion community’s love for the cultural institution.
"I’m incredibly honored to be part of this anniversary— to be included in the group of talented LA designers as well as just being a part of a project with the esteemed art institution—I can’t think of a more satisfying project,” said Claire Vivier, who produced two different intricately textured evening bags ($449) based on an 18th century French vest. "They don’t stop at art hung on gallery walls, they have family days, jazz on the lawn, architectural feats—all of this is meant to draw the community in, and not stand apart from it.”
Monique Lhuillier, who created a brightly patterned gown ($6,800) inspired by an antique water pitcher, had similar sentiments: "LACMA feels like a second home to me—it’s where I go to find serenity and inspiration. It has wonderful exhibitions throughout the year and an impressive permanent collection. It's the heart of the cultural landscape in LA, and a favorite place of mine to spend time with my family."
Other highlights include a dozen different hats by milliner Nick Fouquet (from $1350) all inspired by a rennaissance work titled The Fortune Teller or Allegory of the Five Senses ("once I came across my fortune teller my gut reaction was this is the piece," he explained); funky ankle boots by Esquivel in lavender suede ($595) and another pair in gold leather ($695) inspired by a Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez painting of an Indian woman; and candy-colored Irene Neuwirth gemstone pendants (pictured above, from $2200) inspired by a colorful, jeweled snuff box circa 1775.
The highly giftable but limited production collection is available online and in-store at LACMA until it sells out, so act fast if you want to add these works of art to your closet.