In what is their most significant artist collaboration since Steven Sprouse created his graffiti bags for the brand in 2001, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create a collection that features bags, shoes, dresses and other apparel covered in her bold signature spots. Creative director Marc Jacobs first met the artist, who is now 83 years old, in her Tokyo studio in 2006 while he was filming the documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, and he was immediately drawn to her energy, innovation, and passion for creating art.
To promote the capsule collection, Louis Vuitton will be rolling out seven pop-up shops. Some will feature her psychedelic polka dots as decor, while other shop designs will be inspired by Kusama’s famous pumpkin sculptures. The first shop is set to open inside New York’s Louis Vuitton boutique on July 10, two days before Kusama’s touring retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art. Pop-up shops in Asia, Paris, and London will follow. The shops will be open for one to two months, so plan to get in while you can if you’re able. Even if only to take it all in, it’s sure to be a memorable sensory experience.
“It’s gonna be HUGE in Japan,” thejarc predicted.
Empress of Dress agreed: “I like what I see so far. I can see this becoming a huge trend!”
The collection officially launches July 10, with a second installment hitting stores in October. If you love polka dots and love a collectible, then now is the time to buy. Here's a look at the entire collection so you can plan accordingly before hitting a pop-up shop near you.
Check out the collection in motion below:
Images: vogue.co.uk, rendering via artinfo.com