A Dior and Daniel Arsham oversize sweatshirt.
Photo: Courtesy Dior

Museums Meet the Runway with Artist-Designer Loungewear Collaborations

Wearable works of art by Daniel Arsham, Judy Chicago, Vaughn Spann, Edward Hopper, and more are elevating collectors’ quarantine style

As the world trades in its suits for sweats during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, it’s no surprise fashion-forward athleisure is top of mind. Over the past several years, luxury designers have increasingly embraced the casual streetwear aesthetic, often tapping contemporary artists in the process, like the ongoing collaboration between Daniel Arsham and Dior. However, no one could have anticipated the extent to which comfort and ease would guide our wardrobes in 2020. Looking to several leading designers, artists, museums, and galleries, Galerie rounded up the best in stylish loungewear guaranteed to make an artful fashion statement on your next Zoom call—and long after.

Moschino’s Picasso-inspired cotton sweatshirt with Cornely embroidery.
Moschino’s Picasso-inspired cotton sweatshirt with Cornely embroidery. Photo: Courtesy of Moschino

1. Moschino x Picasso
Never one to shy away from a theme, Jeremy Scott showed a museum’s worth of wearable Picasso looks during his spring 2020 ready-to-wear presentation for Moschino. Grandiose representations of many of the Spanish artist’s iconic Cubist motifs, like harlequins, bulls, and musical instruments, paraded down the runway, but more wearable styles are currently available online. $480, moschino.com

An oversized sweatshirt with 3D Eroded Dior and Daniel Arsham print, shown front and back.
An oversize sweatshirt with 3D eroded Dior and Daniel Arsham print, shown front and back. Photo: Courtesy of Dior

2. Dior x Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham made his debut with Dior in the summer 2020 men’s collection, when he designed a number of pieces, as well as the set, for the French house’s runway presentation. In keeping with his notable crumbling sculptures, which he calls “Future Relics,” Arsham now has a line of eroded Dior objets, several of which are also printed on sweatshirts and tees. $1,250, dior.com

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A T-shirt designed by Richard Phillips for Rainbow Contemporary features the artist’s Spectrum graphic.
A T-shirt designed by Richard Phillips for Rainbow Contemporary features the artist’s Spectrum graphic. Photo: Courtesy of Rainbow Contemporary

3. Rainbow Contemporary x Richard Phillips, Ryan McGinley, Sarah Cain, and FriendsWithYou
Newly launched collective Rainbow Contemporary champions Technicolor art in hopes of bringing joy to others and supporting charitable causes. The company, which plans to give its digital museum a physical presence in New York in 2021, is currently offering a capsule collection of rainbow-inspired T-shirts. Designs by artists Richard Phillips, Ryan McGinley, Sarah Cain, and FriendsWithYou are being sold with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Save the Children; each shirt purchase will provide three meals for a child in need. $45, rainbowcontemporary.com

Roger Dean’s All-Over Florating Island T-shirt for Valentino.
Roger Dean’s allover Florating Island T-shirt for Valentino. Photo: Courtesy of Valentino

4. Valentino x Roger Dean
For Valentino’s spring/summer 2020 menswear collection, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli found inspiration in artist Roger Dean. Like a sci-fi take on Maxfield Parrish, Dean is known for his fantastical landscapes, several of which are featured on 1960s rock album covers. Vibrant floating islands and mythical creatures star in Valentino’s extensive Robert Dean collection, which includes silk shirts and outerwear, as well as sweatshirts, tees, bucket hats, and bathing suits. $695, valentino.com

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Kit’s Mark Grotjahn Royal Skull hoodie.
Kit’s Mark Grotjahn Royal Skull hoodie. Photo: Courtesy of Kit

5. Kit x Mark Grotjahn, Vaughn Spann, and Richard Prince
Kit Keenan, daughter of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and art dealer Bill Powers, secured several blue-chip artists for her latest loungewear drop. Skulls are displayed in abstracted frenzies by Mark Grotjahn, as well as with bunny ears by Richard Prince. For something sunnier, also available are sweatshirts with rainbows by Vaughn Spann, a rising contemporary art star. $150, kitkeenan.com

Maurizio Cattelan’s “Comedian” tee at Perrotin.
Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian tee at Perrotin. Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy of Perrotin

6. Perrotin x Maurizio Cattelan
Long after 2019’s Art Basel Miami Beach, Perrotin has found a way to continue the buzz surrounding Maurizio Cattelan’s viral banana. Titled Comedian, the duct-taped fruit was the Italian artist’s first work created for an art fair in 15 years, perhaps justifying its $120,000 price tag. A T-shirt featuring the instantly iconic image is available at a mere fraction of the cost, and profits from its sale will benefit Feeding South Florida, a hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. $25, store.perrotin.com

A David Kramer for Celine T-shirt in printed striped cotton jersey.
A David Kramer for Celine T-shirt in printed striped cotton jersey. Photo: Courtesy of Celine

7. Celine x David Kramer
Artist David Kramer imbued Celine’s spring 2020 menswear collection with the same irony and self-deprecating witticisms that are emblazoned on his paintings. Raffia totes and nylon duffles are paired with sweaters and tees, all featuring different phrases, fonts, and the occasional illustration. $490, celine.com

The Whitney Shop’s Edward Hopper Railroad Sunset pajama set.
The Whitney Shop’s Edward Hopper Railroad Sunset pajama set. Photo: Jens Mortensen. Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art

8. The Whitney Museum of American Art x Edward Hopper
It’s always worthwhile to peruse the gift shops at the major museums, which often print their masterworks on apparel and accessories. Made exclusively for the Whitney, this Print All Over Me pajama set cleverly features an abstracted gradient from Edward Hopper’s Railroad Sunset, a famed painting in the museum’s collection. $190, shop.whitney.org

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One of Acne Studios’s limited-edition T-shirts designed by Daniel Silver.
One of Acne Studios’s limited-edition T-shirts designed by Daniel Silver. Photo: Courtesy of Acne Studios

9. Acne Studios x Daniel Silver
Known primarily for his sculptures, Daniel Silver experimented with 2D for his Acne Studios collaboration. Using fragments of metallic- and glitter-coated fabrics, the British artist created colorful collages that adorn the company’s oversize tees. $220, acnestudios.com

Prospect’s Judy Chicago sweatshirt.
Prospect’s Judy Chicago sweatshirt. Photo: Courtesy of Prospect

10. Prospect x Judy Chicago
Prospect is a New York–based retailer that partners with contemporary artists on a variety of limited-edition items. Pioneering feminist Judy Chicago has a wide-ranging product line—from dinner plates to goddess candles—with the company. The minimalist garments on offer reference when the artist unapologetically posed in Muhammad Ali’s former boxing ring and wore silk shorts, boxing shoes, and a sweatshirt inscribed with her own name. $95, prospectny.com

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