An Ode to Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs
Two names, two powerhouses, two identities but one brand. Such is the relationship that Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et Textile Museum explores in its new exhibit: Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs, which runs through September 16. And if you've ever wanted to attend a Louis Vuitton runway show, this is like doing just that but then some. In other words, if a theme park were to create a new fashionista thrill ride as an ode to Louis Vuitton, this would be it: a feast for the eyes, a ride through fashion's best times.
Guests will walk through the historical beginnings of the Louis Vuitton brand before it became a global symbol of luxury. One can walk through history in the ages of Mr. Vuitton himself (1821 - 1892). See the original trunks and learn how the 1800s influenced the designs. From there guests continue on through time elapse of the Louis Vuitton empire via the evolution of Vuitton over the years and its fascinating transformation of keeping its ever-famous monogram whilst plunging into the future with new spins classics like the addition of designs by Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.
After a solid history lesson and plenty of eye candy, the best part is perhaps exploring the relationship between past and present, Vuitton and Jacobs (Jacobs who is presently the Artistic Director for the House of Louis Vuitton). A press release from the museum explains, "How did these two personalities, each with their own language, appropriate cultural phenomena and codes to write the history of contemporary fashion? An analysis rather than a retrospective, this parallel Vuitton-Jacobs comparison will provide new insight into the fashion system during its pivotal periods, beginning with its industrialization and ending with its globalization, focusing also on its artistic professions and crafts, technological advances, stylistic creations and artistic collaborations."