Yayoi Kusama & Louis Vuitton

Yayoi Kusama within her art (2008) © Yayoi Kusama

2012 is doubtlessly the year of Yayoi Kusama. It started with a retrospective of the 83-year old Japanese artist that opened in Madrid’s Reina Sofia, travelled to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Tate Modern in London, and which will make its next stop at New York’s Whitney Museum from July 11th. Next up is a monograph dedicated to Kusama’s long career in the art world.

But the highlight in this Year of Kusama that will make your fashion heart sing is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs on a Ready-to-wear and accessories collection, to be launched in July. The pieces in the collection interpret Kusama’s art, known for her use of organic shapes and so-called ‘infinity nets’, monochrome fields of one and the same shape repeated over undulating surfaces, and transfers them onto garments, leather goods, shoes and even jewellery.

The same play of shapes and colour will also adorn the windows of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide when the collection becomes available this summer. Get deliciously lost in the “Self-Obliterating” pieces.



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