Vuitton and Kusama go dotty
Move over Damien Hirst – someone else has dot art that’s worth a prettier penny. Japanese polka-dot obsessed artist Yayoi Kusama now has her spotty vision enshrined on apparel thanks to a new collaboration with Louis Vuitton.
The plague of spots, which Kusama believes represent her life as “a dot lost among millions of other dots,” work their way across trench coats, leather goods, silk scarves, cropped trousers in red and black and even a bumble-bee black and yellow drop-waisted dress.
The playful collection is the result of a meeting between Kusama and Vuitton’s creative director Marc Jacobs in 2006. Jacobs, a collector and self-confessed fan of the 83-year-old, said of the artwork: “The obsessive character and the innocence of her artwork touch me. She succeeds in sharing her vision of the world with us.” It’s a dotty vision that Kusama describes as “Love Forever”.
This is the first time that the French fashion house has worked with an artist since they collaborated with graffitist Steven Sprouse in 2001. The mesmerizingly vibrant offerings will be unveiled in store tomorrow.