Being in her eighties has not meant that Japanese artist Yayoi is planning on slowing down any time soon. On the contrary, she’s very much embracing her new venture and looking forward to working with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton; “Mr Jacobs is very talented and I respect him as a designer and a human being, so I was happy to collaborate… I want to show people the beauty of the universe, and the line allows me to reach the very wide LV audience.”
Well, we must say, she is not the only one to be excited about this collaboration. It’ the biggest partnership that Louis Vuitton have ever embarked upon and will see Kusama’s trademark polka dots (inspired by the Japanese flag) projected on to some of Louis Vuitton’s most coveted models, such as The Speedy, The Lock-It and The Keepall bags. There will also be designs which incorporate Kusama’s ‘nerve’ motif which have a hint of ‘hallucination’ to them and these will go on display in the Bond Steet Maison throughout July, along with life size casts of Yayoi. Selfridges will also be devoting not one, not two, but all of its windows to the collaboration throughout August, where there will be a pop-up shop inside the department store.
In summary, the message of the Yayoi’s work is simply but effectively; “Love forever”. We think we will!