The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s latest Wear LACMA collaborations — with Dosa and FreeCity — debuted Wednesday night at the museum’s shop. Since its 2012 inception, the program has tapped Los Angeles designers including Greg Chait, Jennifer Meyer, Clare Vivier and Juan Carlos Obando to create limited-edition products inspired by the LACMA’s permanent collection. Dosa’s Christina Kim used Gloria Stuart’s painting of Watts Towers as a motif for a collection of apparel and accessories ranging from $48 to $1,232. “I’ve been going to Watts Towers at different times of the day, which changes it in the light. I wanted to translate that idea to textiles so that’s why I printed it on four different fabrics,” said Kim, noting that she feels an affinity with artist Simon Rodia, who created the iconic installation, because he also recycles materials and shares her immigrant background.
Meanwhile, FreeCity’s Nina Garduno used Philippe de Champaigne’s painting “Saint Augustine” as the basis for her collaboration, citing the depiction of him holding a flaming heart as the inspiration for the logo “Mission Vision” which she emblazoned on the $198 hoodie. “It represents that moment of the sublime,” she said. Garduno also created a LACMA version of her $75 “Artists Wanted” T-shirt, the proceeds of which will aid the conservation of Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” lamp post installation in front of the museum. “The collections don’t follow the fashion calendar,” said Katherine Ross, who created the program. “The idea is to foster the relationship between fashion and art and get people to explore the permanent collections.” Proceeds from all Wear LACMA merchandise benefit the museum.