Yahoi Kusama collaborates with Louis Vuitton for doted fashion line

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New York—French luxury house Louis Vuitton collaborates with Japanese artist Yahoi Kusama for doted fashion line

New Yorkers are seeing spots. No, we’re not sick, but the Louis Vuitton collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has infected even the most jaded New Yorkers, forcing them to rummage through their all black wardrobes in search of anything in polka dots!

On July 10, Louis Vuitton unveiled their new Fifth Avenue storefront, covered in swirling black dots, in honor of the collection they designed with Yayoi Kusama. The store’s windows were also Kusama themed, featuring not only the bags, clothing and accessories from the collection, but even a wax replica of the artist herself, neon orange bob-cut and all. The windows are meant to pay homage to three of Kusama’s signature artistic themes: “Beginning of the Universe,” “Eternal Blooming Flowers in My Mind,” and “Self Obliteration.”
Louis Vuitton collaborating: Yayoi Kusama in Yellow Tree furniture room at Aich triennale, Nagoya, Japan, 2010 (detail). © Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusma Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery New York
The collaboration between Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs and the famously reclusive artist came about after Jacobs visited her in Tokyo in 2006 and asked her if she’d like to work in fashion. The launch of this dotty and highly covetable collection also happens to coincide with the opening of a major retrospective of Kusama’s work at the Whitney Museum of Art. Kusama, who claims she taught Andy Warhol every thing he knew, even at the age of 83 is a prolific artist. Although voluntarily institutionalized since 1977, Kusama has continued to shape and define the world of contemporary art, tirelessly producing new work. Kusama began her dot experimentations as a study in “obsession and seriality,” but it has quickly evolved beyond that, incorporating themes of innocence, disorientation, and incredible beauty. However, as the exhibition at the Whitney points out, Kusama is also much more than her dot paintings. Over the years, she has pushed contemporary arts in new, loud, graphic directions venturing into sculpture, poetry and installation, never shying away from the terrifying consumptiveness that lurks behind her deceptively friendly patterns. The New York Times said in a review of her new retrospective, “[Takashi Murakami] owes a clear debt to Ms. Kusama. But then, many movements, artists and designers do, and always have, from Andy Warhol and Op Art in America in the 1960s to international Minimalists and Conceptualists of different stripes over time, to Damien Hirst and Rei Kawakubo today.”Kusama made a rare, personal appearance at the unveiling of the Louis Vuitton store, taking pictures with fans and in front of her collection, covered in polka dots down to her wheel chair. The artist said at the opening, “I promised myself that one day I would conquer New York and make my name in the world.” Well, Kusama, with one of the largest Louis Vuitton artist collections to date and a simultaneous retrospective at the Whitney, I think it’s safe to say, New York is officially bes(p)otted.

LOOKBOOK OF YAHOI KUSAMA'S DOTED LOUIS VUITTON COLLECTION

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And for some streetstyle candy, here are a few shots from the official Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton launch

—by Emily Kirkpatrick


Photos: (1) Installation view of Guidepost to the New Space at Pier 45, Hudson River Park, New York, 2012. Photograph by Rich Flood
(2) Yayoi Kusama in Yellow Tree furniture room at Aich triennale, Nagoya, Japan, 2010 (detail). © Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusma Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery New York (3) Product Gallery by ©LBProduction 2010 and Louis Vuitton

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