Far East Collaborations
Two very exciting fashion house-artist collaborations have been recently announced. The featured artists in both instances, Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton and Hiroshi Sugimoto for Hermes, originally come from the Far East.
Marc Jacobs, arguably the most influential man in the fashion world, can be credited for introducing the works of various contemporary artists to the consumer market through luxury goods. In the past, Louis Vuitton has done large-scale collaborations with artists such as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, and Richard Prince. Kusama, who has previously outfitted a Louis Vuitton bag in her trademark dots, as seen in the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton documentary, will now transform an entire collection of clothing, accessories and leather goods with her endless spots – pictured below.
Not only do Marc’s collaborations excite both the fashion world and consumers, they are in turn inspirational to fellow artists. Take street artist Zevs, who applied his drip technique to Murakami’s Louis Vuitton logo design for his Liquidated Version show in 2011…
Photographer Luis Gispert also used two of Jacobs’ previous LV collaborations – Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami – in his Decepción series of pimped-out car interiors… Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton interior
I look forward to passing endless rows of street vendors in the city later this summer to see Kusama’s dotted bags scattered amongst other LV monograms. The first of Kusama’s capsule collections for Louis Vuitton is set to hit stores on July 10 and the second, of primarily leather goods, will be available in October.
More recently than the Kusama collaboration, Hermes announced an exciting partnership with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. Sugimoto is famous for his colorful Polaroids which Hermes will print on large silk scarves. While one typically associates scarves with keeping you warm in the cold winter months, Hermes’ decision to market the pieces as art as opposed to fashion is a smart one, considering they’re said to retail for just shy of $9,000. The collection of 20 different images will be called Colors of Shadows and are part of the Hermes Editeur series.
I especially love Sugimoto’s images because they look like modernized versions of works by one of my favorite artists, Mark Rothko.
Mark Rothko’s White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) – 1950