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Academy Museum Store reveals exclusive merchandise and collaborations

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

When the brand new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens in Los Angeles on Sept. 30, 2021, it will include a 2,600-square-foot retail space featuring merchandise designed and produced exclusively for the store.

Academy Museum Store

“The Academy Museum is committed to showcasing the diverse and inclusive stories of the art and artists of moviemaking, and this ethos extends to our Academy Museum Store,” said Bill Kramer, director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “We are thrilled to be working with so many dynamic, diverse and inspiring Los Angeles- and California-based partners on the creation of merchandise and collectibles. These collaborations […] will offer visitors a retail experience unlike any other.”

In addition to exclusive merchandise and Oscars memorabilia, the store will also offer clothing, furniture, accessories, vinyl records, home and office items, posters, maps, illustrations, toys, games, and other movie-related collectibles. Plus, the Academy Museum Store will be home to the most comprehensive collection of cinema books and catalogues in Los Angeles.

Partnerships with local artists, designers, and creatives include:

  • Modernica x Studio Ghibli – Limited edition chairs celebrating the fantastical worlds and characters from Hayao Miyazaki’s films
  • Poketo – Housewares, stationery, and accessories using artwork inspired by the Academy Museum collection and infused with the Poketo design and aesthetic
  • Amoeba Music – Vinyl film scores and soundtracks curated by the iconic West Coast music and movie indie retailer  
  • Brain Dead x The Jim Henson Company – A co-branded collection of apparel and accessories inspired by “The Dark Crystal.
  • Flores Lane – Handmade luxury candles inspired by film genres, including scents designed to evoke the feeling of period pieces and sci-fi fantasy
  • Konstantin Kakanias – Accessories, stationery, and a puzzle featuring a bespoke map of Los Angeles made exclusively for the store
  • Susan Kare – Apparel, accessories, housewares, and stationery featuring bitmap icons inspired by collection highlights from the museum
  • Wayne Perry – Handmade ceramic vases and planters inspired by the Saban Building’s iconic gold cylinder facade, along with a capsule of film-inspired pieces
  • Wolfum – Home décor, including trays, bookends, and coasters

Befitting its location in the moviemaking capital of the world, the Academy Museum’s exhibitions, screenings, and programs are developed with Academy members who are leaders in their craft and industry areas. The Academy Museum Store will expand those partnerships by working with Academy Members to create exclusive items.

“We are honored to be working with so many brilliantly talented Academy Members who are complementing their cinematic work by designing and developing exceptional one-of-a-kind items for the store,” Kramer said.

Academy Museum collaborations with Academy members include:

Spike Lee T-Shirt
Spike Lee Crooklyn T-shirt
Image by Fuse Green
  • Spike Lee designed items in conjunction with the Director’s Inspiration gallery in the museum’s Stories of Cinema exhibition, which features items from Lee’s personal collection for its first rotation.
  • A jewelry line developed from the original gold-glass mosaic tiles from the museum’s iconic gold cylinder façade was created by costume designer Ruth E. Carter and Black Panther jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher.
  • A series of illustrations for museum merchandise created by production and conceptual designer I. Javier Ameijeiras.
  • A series of exclusive film posters created by Gravillis, the graphic design agency behind iconic movie posters for “Straight Outta Compton,” “BlacKkKlansmen,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Academy Museum Store Wizard of Oz T-Shirt
T-shirt design inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” created by Arjun Bhasin Image courtesy of Arjun Bhasin

The Academy Museum is also working with Academy members and costume designers Arianne Phillips (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” “Walk the Line”); Arjun Bhasin (“Life of Pi,” “Monsoon Wedding”); Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray”); and Sandy Powell (“The Favourite,” “Orlando”) to create a limited edition clothing collection inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” that will include T-shirts inspired by the iconic film.

Phillips, who serves as creative director for the “Wizard of Oz” clothing collection, is also partnering with fashion designer Jeremy Scott to design a bespoke capsule collection based on “The Wizard of Oz” produced by Moschino and sold exclusively at the Academy Museum Store.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been invited by the Academy Museum team to imagine and design exclusive merchandise inspired by ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ one of our most iconic films that has continued to inspire generations and a core part of the Academy Museum’s opening exhibition,” Phillips said. “It is my great pleasure to collaborate with my esteemed costume designer colleagues as well as Jeremy Scott, creative director of Moschino and a natural storyteller, who has long been inspired by costume design and moviemaking.”

Ruby Slipper purse
Sketch of ruby slipper purse inspired by “The Wizard of Oz”
from Moschino in collaboration with Arianne Phillips

The Academy Museum Store will also feature collaborations with the Bruce Lee Foundation on a collection that celebrates Lee’s career as an actor, martial artist, and writer and the Saul Bass Estate to spotlight Saul Bass’s iconic graphic design work, film posters, and title sequences.

A collaboration with Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli will offer original film posters and prints; an exclusive Her Universe apparel and accessories collection; home, kitchen, stationery, games, and collectible items from Japan; and an assortment of plush toys and books that celebrate Miyazaki’s films.

Academy Museum Store - Tote Bag

Anatomy of an Oscar tote bag
Image courtesy AMPAS

Last but certainly not least, the museum’s store will honor the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences through an extensive selection of Oscars-related items, such as a Lego Oscar statuette designed by Nathan Sawaya, vintage posters and memorabilia, and all the supplies needed to host an award-winning Oscars viewing party.

Click here for more information about the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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