Louis Vuitton X Is A Gorgeous Homage To The Brilliance Of The Fashion House’s Founder & Its Rich History
In 1854, a 33-year old Louis Vuitton opened his first store at 4 Rue Neuve-des-Capucines in Paris. The master trunk maker spent 17 years perfecting his craft, and by the mid-1800s, he’s started an empire.
Today, that empire still stands. The fashion house recently launched an exhibition that pays tribute to the brilliance of its founder and the richness of its history: Louis Vuitton X celebrates 160 years of the House’s creative exchanges and artistic collaborations. The exhibition draws on over 180 items from the House’s archives and traces its “pioneering creative journey” through early twentieth-century special-order trunks, art deco window displays, reworked monogram bags, and original collaborations by artists.
Audiences have until the 15th of September to experience the exhibit firsthand in Los Angeles, but here are a few things we’re very excited about:
Renditions of Louis Vuitton’s likeness
First things first: Louis Vuitton as seen by some of the best and most acclaimed contemporary artists we have today, Yan Pei-Ming and Alex Katz. They are said to have “perfectly captured the spirit of the young Louis Vuitton.”
Design excellence—bar none
The brand is more than just a fashion house: it's an institution in design excellence, and every display is proof of that. Audiences can explore groundbreaking 1920’s window displays by Louis Vuitton’s grandson Gaston-Louis!
Reinventions and transformations
Louis Vuitton is a brand that wouldn’t have stayed alive for almost two centuries if it wasn’t for their constant reinventing of themselves. That spirit is perfectly captured in the exhibit, as the iconic Monogram canvas is reworked by some of the world’s greatest artists: Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, and Cindy Sherman. Beyond that, artists and designers also take the Monogram as a blank canvas and transform it into a dazzling work of art.
LV on the red carpet
Greta Garbo never traveled without a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk just for her shoes. The House is a longtime and favorite companion of the glitziest and most glamorous of stars, so it’s only fitting that an entire collection is dedicated to Louis Vuitton on the red carpet, all designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Women’s Collections. One is sure to find Michelle Williams’ 2017 Oscar dress and Taylor Swift’s 2016 Met Gala gown on display.
An “eye-popping” journey through time
LV’s time capsule, the Magic Malle, is multi-screen installation that guides you through the history of fashion house. “Experience its beginnings as an artisanal family business and its first ateliers in Paris and Asnières and travel through to the very latest collections of striking fashion and beautiful travel-related Objets,” the House boasts.
The latest addition to LV’s century-long creative collaborations
ArtyCapucines is a limited-edition collection of customized Capucines, the iconic bag named after the street where the master trunk maker opened his first store. The ArtyCapucines collection is “a new and vibrant chapter” in Louis Vuitton’s love story with creativity.
It's just really Instagrammable
Louis Vuitton unveils Louis Vuitton X This immersive journey takes visitors trough the House’s 160-year history of creative exchanges and artistic collaborations. @louisvuitton created a rich, engaging experience and an exhilarating exploration of the Maison’s ongoing dialogue between the past and the future, heritage and modernity, savoir-faire and innovation. #LouisVuittonX #LouisVuitton #LVMH
Pink walls, the iconic logo everywhere, sunset gradients. It's a dream.
Louis Vuitton X runs from June 28 to September 15 at 468 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Visit us Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday 11am-7pm.
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