LACMA Bows Wearable Art Inspired by Pieces in the Museum's Collection

Gregory Parkinson LACMA Split - P 2012

Gregory Parkinson LACMA Split - P 2012

The LACMA store will get its own line of items -- made initially by two prominent L.A. designers, Jefferson Hartig and Gregory Parkinson -- to benefit the museum.

LACMA has dug itself deep into the cultural scenes of Los Angeles in, of course, fine art but also film, design, music -- and now fashion. The museum is inaugurating something called Wear LACMA on Thursday with a private shopping event at the LACMA store from 5-7 p.m.

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Wear LACMA is an art and fashion project featuring limited-edition pieces created by some of Los Angeles’ top designers and inspired by the museum’s permanent collection. These one-of-a-kind fashion items will be sold at the LACMA store with all proceeds benefiting the museum; it's sponsored by LACMA’s Director’s Circle.

For its first collaboration, Wear LACMA will feature exclusive designs by Johnson Hartig for Libertine and Gregory Parkinson. (Two of Parkinson's designs are pictured in the photo above.) His spring 2013 presentation in New York, styled by Amanda Ross, was a total hit: '20s-inspired lace dresses in mixed styles of lace in watercolor washes. It will be interesting to see what the price point is in the LACMA store. 

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A heavyweight group of ladies -- Willow Bay, Crystal Lourd, Heather Mnuchin, Katherine Ross and Elizabeth Wiatt – is hosting the private party, so that makes this all the more fashionworthy. Ross works with Balenciaga, and Lourd has a background in the fashion industry at West Coast editor of Allure and director of celebrity services at Ralph Lauren.

It might be worth popping by the LACMA store on a weekend, as these pieces probably won't be around for long.