Louis Vuitton pays tribute to the expertise of its collections of ready-to-wear and to the creativity of the artistic director, Marc Jacobs, with the exhibition “Louis Vuitton : The Art of Fashion” exhibition, curated by Katie Grand, from 22 September to 9 October 2011 at the Milan Triennial.
“Louis Vuitton : The Art of Fashion” will present visitors with a unique perspective on the interconnected worlds of fashion and art, which are founded on the creations of Marc Jacobs, allowing you to re-discover, thanks to the selection of looks from more than 70 seasons produced by Katie Grand, the constant search for excellence, craftsmanship and a very modern approach to the fashion of Louis Vuitton.
For Katie Grand, who has worked on the styling of the shows in close contact with Marc Jacobs since 2003, Louis Vuitton has opened its archive, providing clothing, bags and accessories belonging to all the collections from the first Autumn / Winter 1998-1999 until Autumn / Winter 2011-2012.
The result is 30 iconic looks, created by the most significant pieces of various collections, from clothes “coiffeuse” to voluminous skirts and incredible coats, that Katie Grand has skillfully blended into a modern and timeless result.
In the exhibition, visitors can admire the cashmere sweater from FW2000 combined with an embroidered tulle skirt FW2004, to the gloves SS2001 produced in collaboration with Stephen Sprouse and the oversized boots and hood FW 2006 ; the dress “coiffeuse” in silk and satin and the Speedy Multicolor created in collaboration with Takashi Murakami’s SS 2003 and the cotton hat created in collaboration with Phillip Treacy SS2001, and also other creations exposed on mannaquins purposely created for the exhibit.
Instead of heads, 24 mannequins will present reproductions of the iconic Speedy bags of the Maison, while another 6 are articulated dummies made of wood, with the body completely decorated in Louis Vuitton graffiti created by Stephen Sprouse in orange and fluorescent pink.
A small cinema, set alongside the exhibition will allow visitors to see through images, the Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear and the way that Katie Grand worked on the selection of looks chosen for the exhibition.
Special thanks to Alexis Giannotti Photographer