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Harrods & Louis Vuitton Bring Yayoi Kusama Alive

By: Julianna Tramposch

​​Harrods, a world-leading luxury department store in Knightsbridge, London is a coveted spot for fashion designers and artists to showcase their work. This month's feature: The Queen of Dots.

This colorful statement displays the latest collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama.

Kusama is a Japanese artist who is known for her use of polka dots and infinity installations. Her painted dots represent the concept of infinity. In addition to the exterior of Harrods, a pop-up inside has been installed, which includes a mirror room and thousands of multicolored spheres and dots. Is it a playground of art, or a festival of fashion? That is up to you to decide.

The public was shown a glimpse of the pieces Louis Vuitton and Kusama have worked on together at the Cruise 2023 show. Leather goods, bags, and perfumes were adapted to feature Kusama’s flowers, pumpkins, and dot art. One of the most anticipated pieces of this collaboration is the “Infinity Party Trunk.” This trunk has a monogrammed LV canvas, Kusama’s dots, mirrors, a sphere-shaped ice bucket, spheres that hold champagne bottles, and champagne glasses.

Louis Vuitton has actually collaborated with Kusama before, in 2012. This brand is known to collaborate with very bold and provocative designers and artists like Stephen Sprouse and Richard Prince. Many argue boldness is one of the reasons why Louis Vuitton constantly remains high at the top in the fashion world. Chairman and CEO Michael Burke said, “We like to do things that can be perceived as politically incorrect. If we are getting flak, we think we are doing something right.”

The Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Exhibit is open until February 13th.

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