19 Designers Are Sharing a Single Fall Inspiration: LACMA

With collections by Rodarte and Juan Carlos Obando on the way, the museum’s gift shop is poised to become the hottest store in town

Thanks to an impressive roster of L.A.-based designers, LACMA is more stylish than ever at 50.

Farfetch, in collaboration with the museum, invited Cathy Waterman, Clare Vivier, Irene Neuwirth, Juan Carlos Obando, L’oeil du Vert, Libertine, Monique Lhuillier, Nick Fouquet, Rodarte, and The Elder Statesman to create clothing, accessories, and even perfumes inspired by works in LACMA’s permanent collection in celebration of the museum’s golden anniversary.

For the project, each designer selected a single item from LACMA’s trove (which holds over 120,000 objects) to work with. The resulting collections won’t be available until November 4, but they’re worth waiting for: The Elder Statesman is producing cashmere T-shirts inspired by Granville Redmond’s painting California Poppy Field; Cathy Waterman is designing 22k gold, ruby, and sapphire Tree of Life pendants based off of a 9th century B.C. piece from Northern Iraq; Rodarte is making a line of tops that incorporate LACMA’s John Baldessari-designed logo; and L’oeil du Vert is bottling a fragrance inside of a feather fan to pay homage to a tiny, silver Feather sculpture from the Greco-Roman period.

“The Wear LACMA: 50th Anniversary Edition is an exciting celebration of the museum and the talented designers that live and work in Los Angeles,” says Katherine Ross. “It’s an honor to collaborate with these 19 designers to highlight the museum’s collection through this convergence of art and fashion.” We can’t wait to try all that inspiration on for size.