spring installment of Wear LACMA, the collaboration
between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Los
Angeles-based fashion designers to create
limited-edition product inspired by artworks in the
museumís permanent collection, launches May 21.
jeweler Anita Ko created 18-karat gold and pave diamond
ear cuffs, midi rings and stud earrings inspired by bat
motifs she noticed on a reading table and porcelain
bottle from Koreaís Joseon period. (She chose bats
because they are a Korean symbol of good fortune.)
shoemaker George Esquivel designed burnished flat
leather sandals and distressed suede summer desert
boots, after being taken with Felipe Santiago Gutierrezís
1876 painting "Portrait of a Woman with a
Marigold," depicting an indigenous woman wearing a
handbag guru Clare Vivier, whose brand marries French
chic with L.A. minimalist cool, created several items,
including totes, pouches and shirts inspired by an
embroidered gentlemanís vest dating from the French
Revolution, which could be a precursor to the modern-day
whose husband is French, has used French phrases before
in her work and was particularly inspired by the
irreverent text on the vest. One passage she picked up
for a T-shirt reads, "Líhabit ne fait pas le
moine," which translates roughly to, "The
clothes donít make the man."
a little tongue in cheek, since you are putting the
phrase on a piece of clothing. And itís ironic since
the original vest was such a laboriously made,
hand-worked piece," Vivier said.
October 2012, Wear LACMA has collaborated with a number
of L.A. designers, with proceeds from sales benefiting
always refreshing and exciting to see what the designers
look at," says Katherine Ross, the programís
creator and the wife of museum director Michael Govan.
"Itís remarkable how each one picks something
thatís who they are."
Wear LACMA collection, $90 to $1,860, will be sold at
TheLacmaStore.org, and at luxury e-commerce site Net-a-porter.com,
which is a sponsor of the program.