Jean-Michel Basquiat was without a doubt one of the most important and influential postmodern artists in the world. One of the highest-selling American artists to date, his Untitled, a striking painting of a skull that typifies Basquiat’s style, sold for $110.5 million in 2017. The buyer, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, just so happens to be the founder of Zozotown—Japan’s biggest fashion e-commerce site. His purchase was just the latest example of the fashion industry’s inextricable ties to the Brooklyn-born artist.

Basquiat’s neo-expressionist art, heavily inspired by his graffiti under the alias SAMO, was characterized by scrawling lines, bold, clashing colors and cryptic texts, numbers and symbols. Basquiat’s almost frantic scribbles were a natural fit on clothing—he once famously scrawled “Little Shit Brown” on his girlfriend’s dress and famously painted his trademark crown on the back of the late Glenn O’Brien’s Schott Perfecto. Less famous but arguably more coveted is the trench coat that Basquiat and Stephen Sprouse—who you may remember from an iconic Louis Vuitton collaboration—collaborated on, which fetched nearly $10,000 at auction. Of course, those were painted by Basquiat, himself, before the artist died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27.

Despite his passing, Basquiat’s work continues to inspire designers to this day, and his estate is regularly called upon by an impressive gamut of brands hoping to collaborate. Below, we take a look at selection of our favorite Basquiat collaborations.

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