Louis Vuitton Meets Polka Dots
Throughout the history of the brand, Louis Vuitton has collaborated with some special people throughout the years, and 2012 is no different. This time, the French fashion house’s artistic director, Marc Jacobs teamed up with a Japanese polka dot artist on a series of products that hits Louis Vuitton boutiques in early July. Pieces in this collection include leather goods, ready-to-wear accessories, shoes, watches and jewelry.
The Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, is best known for her interest in polka dots. Her designs are known for being applied to tree trunks, entire rooms and even people. To showcase her work, special window installations are also scheduled to be unveiled with the collection.
Kusama is also having a huge retrospective of her work which started February 9th at London’s Tate Modern and continuing on to Rome, Madrid and Paris. The retrospective ties in with the new collaboration.
According to Times Live, in the past, Jacobs collaborated with other contemporary artists such as Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami. In 2009, a collaboration inspired by the late Stephen Sprouse’s themes, like graffiti prints and roses, also coincided with the designer’s and the artist’s retrospective at the New York Gallery Deitch Projects.
What makes the collaboration with Kusama unique is the fresh take on something as simple as polka dots. With the rise of animal prints and stripes, it seems polka dots were put on a shelf and forgotten. Lucky for us, someone was able to dust it off and find its magic once again. This will definitely be an exciting and very bold collection, one we will all be dying to see. When combining an iconic brand like Louis Vuitton with someone with such amazing imagination and talent, you can’t go wrong.
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Article by Clarissa Tapia for Phoenix Fashion Week
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