The first round of the Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama collection has finally hit stores (15 July in Singapore) with the second drop featuring a fresh range of monogram leather goods to be released in October. Inspired by 83-year-old artist Yayoi Kusama’s uncanny knack of using dots in her artworks, the Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama collection is basically a subtly bold, fun and graphic collection that features an insane amount of dots, encompassing ready-to-wear, accessories and leather goods.
There is something very attractive and appealing about collaboration collections that entices you to collect those highly sought-after items and this one is no different. The collection is available in limited quantities at selected Louis Vuitton outlets and is expected to match the popularity of previous Louis Vuitton-artist collaborations including Steven Sprouse in 2001, Takashi Murakami in 2002 and Richard Prince in 2007.
The Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama collection is also the only collaboration to get multiple pop-up stores, namely in New York’s Soho, Hong Kong’s Pacific Place, Singapore’s Ngee Ann City, Tokyo’s Isetan Shinjuku branch, Ginza’s Dover Street Market, Paris’ Printemps and London’s Selfridges. The Printemps pop-up store will be a 860-square-feet space centred around Yayoi Kusama’s signature polka dots while the 1,375-square-feet Selfridges outlet will be decorated with her famous pumpkin sculptures and will also feature a 24-window display designed by Yayoi Kusama herself, making it the largest window transformation in the store’s history. The pop-up store in Singapore will open from 15 July to 1 November 2012. You do not want to miss this.
“…a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.” –Yayoi Kusama
“Her energy is just endless. Through the painstaking sort of obsession in each of her canvasses and installations that she’s created, you see this world that never ends. I guess that’s what I admire and that’s what I respond to in terms of feeling for her and for her work.” –Marc Jacobs
“Louis Vuitton has outlets and fans all around the world and I hope, like with other collaborations, and expect, like other collaborations, that this will bring the work of Kusama to a new audience and that’s the audience of Louis Vuitton.” –Marc Jacobs
“It continues something I began when I came here which is the idea of art and collaboration, or collaboration with artists. For many people who don’t look at art or go to galleries, or maybe they’re not aware of Kusama’s work, there will be a new venue, a new place to see this work and to come to appreciate it through the eyes of Louis Vuitton.” –Marc Jacobs
Check out the rest of the Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama collection below as well as a video by Angelo Pennetta featuring Anais Pouliot styled by Katie Grand.
Image Credits: vogue.co.uk/tfs
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