Louis Vuitton have a history of collaborating with artists: there were the cute as a button cherry blossom prints from Takashi Murakami and a set of creepy nurses care of Richard Prince and now the luxury brand has teamed up with eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama for an absolutely dotty (sorry) capsule collection.
Yayoi Kusama's work is biographically infused and as such reflects the psychological issues she has dealt with over her lifetime, particularly during the last forty years, during which she has - by choice - been living in a psychiatric institution. She said of the collaboration with Louis Vuitton: "Marc Jacobs's sincere attitude towards art is the same as my own. I respect him as a wonderful designer. Louis Vuitton understands and appreciates the nature of my art. Therefore there isn’t much difference from my process of making fashion." The individual pieces are actually quite conservative - cropped polka dot pants and pencil skirts - but with their powers combined they form an eye-popping and totally Kusama viewer experience.
The collaboration will be available in a pop-up shop in New York City, ahead of Kusama's retrospective at the Whitney, which opens this week. Check out the look book images for the collection below.
Just as an aside: did anyone go to her exhibition at the City Gallery in Wellington when it was showing a couple of years back? eyesexplode.