Corralling a small army of designers at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) just days before the start of New York Fashion Week is no mean feat. But then such is the power of the Southern California institution, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the milestone, 19 local brands created items inspired by the museum’s permanent collection; the results—which range from Irene Neuwirth’s jeweled necklaces informed by an 18th-century snuff box to cashmere sweaters by the Elder Statesman in a color palette straight out of Granville Redmond’s circa-1926 painting California Poppy Field—will be available starting November 4 on Farfetch.com. “It’s a nice way to introduce certain works of art to an international audience,” says Katherine Ross, a fashion consultant and the wife of the LACMA CEO and director, Michael Govan. Ross spearheaded the Wear LACMA initiative in 2012 and has curated it every year since, expanding from just a couple of designers to the impressive group seen here. (The proceeds go to the museum.) “My husband used to call it my T-shirt project,” she says with a laugh. “Not anymore.”
Photos: 50 and Fabulous
Back row, from left: Newbark designers Maryam and Marjan Malakpour (in sunglasses), Juan Carlos Obando, Esquivel designer George Esquivel (seated), Dosa designer Christina Kim and Nick Fouquet (in hat). Middle row: Clare Vivier, Anita Ko, Irene Neuwirth, Gregory Parkinson, the Elder Statesman designer Greg Chait (in yellow T-shirt), and L’Oeil du Vert perfumer Haley Alexander van Oosten (in black dress). Front row: Monique Lhuillier (in all black), Libertine designer Johnson Hartig, Greg Lauren, Free City designer Nina Garduno. Foreground: Katherine Ross, in front of Tony Smith’s Smoke, 1967.
Wear LACMA item by Juan Carlos Obando. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Libertine. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Nick Fouquet. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Esquivel. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Dosa. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Gregory Parkinson. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Newbark. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Irene Neuwirth. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Wear LACMA item by Rodarte. Courtesy of Farfetch.
Hair by Ryan Taniguchi for Oribe; Makeup by Kat Reyes for Chanel; photography assistant: Ken Tisuthiwongse