I really believe that every life is a work of art. Each room contains delightfully surprising objects such as the Steamer Bag created in the early 20th century, or a trunk that belonged to Marie-Antoinette, displayed thanks to a special loan by the Château de Versailles. One major theme throughout the exhibition is the concept of dreaming. They would hang this up in a room and put their dirty laundry inside. Beauties, I highly suggest seeing this exhibit, if you are in New York City. This Fall, a landmark exhibition opens at the former American Stock Exchange building in downtown Manhattan. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future.
If you try to understand how a trunk is made, you can see the structure is made out of wood, so it was very important to have the first part of the exhibition dedicated to wood. Given that Louis Vuitton is considered a high end traveling brand, it makes sense for the exhibition to go global. Talk about living the high life! Often, I equate high fashion and couture wear to art, not only for the collectors value, but also for the craft. Since then, it has been in Tokyo, Japan, in Seoul, South Korea and now is in New York City until January 7th, 2017. They include a trunk in which philanthropist and photographer Albert Khan transported his equipment as he traveled through the country to document daily life in China. An installment at the Grand Palais exhibition in Paris. The exhibition, split into ten chapters, is free and open to the public through January 7, 2018.
The exhibition follows different chronologies as it takes visitors through 15 rooms, each dedicated to an emblematic chapter in the history of Louis Vuitton. When dreaming up the environment that would showcase these pieces, Carsen strove to create an immersive experience, employing the very materials used to make the original trunks—such as Alcantara, used in the lining of Vuitton luggage—and recreating the original settings in which the pieces were used. To do this, he tapped into his experience as an opera and theatre director. She is only Black woman to be represented in the exhibit at the forefront other than. Yes, seriously, for dirty laundry…of really rich people, of course.
The house created a record detailing special orders and customization requests. Its secretary trunks, library trunks, writing desks and mobile offices accompanied notable authors such as Ernest Hemingway on their travels. Visitors may also want to walk the few blocks to Brookfield Place to check out the accompanying pop-up shop—should the inspiration to splurge on leather goods and accessories arise. You could make a movie about his life story. We also learn that the Steamer Bag created in 1901, initially used to store dirty laundry during a long ocean crossing, foreshadowed hand luggage and the contemporary handbag, while the Keepall, Speedy, Noé and Marceau bags are reinterpretations of innovative designs that were developed over successive decades. Rather than being organized chronologically, the exhibit is ordered by theme. Everything he invented was to make travel possible.
The gray Trianon canvas of 1854 — lighter than leather and the oldest existing material on Vuitton trunks — was followed by a striped canvas in 1872 in shades of red and brown, then beige and brown, before the Damier canvas in 1888. In 1835, at the age of 14, Louis Vuitton left his home and walked to Paris. See our favourites from the New York City instalment below:. Curated by fashion historian and Olivier Saillard, the space is divided into ten different chapters and follows the French house's 163-year journey to becoming one of the most recognized labels in the world. The early trunks were made in the Asnières-sur-Seine workshops set up in 1859 on a 4,500-sqm site situated in the countryside along the Seine, just over a mile west of Paris, where proximity to the river and the first-ever railway line to Paris permitted a more cost-effective wood supply. I organized the exhibition based on this selection of trunks, bags and documents. The opinions expressed are those of the writer.
Want to know how Louis Vuitton got his archive collection? Learn more about it via the. Highlights range from beautiful antique trunks to a skateboard that was part of Louis Vuitton's recent collaboration with Supreme. Those in attendance at the opening event include Bernard Arnault, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Williams, Léa Seydoux, Jaden Smith, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Justin Theroux and Alexander Skarsgard. Constantly taking inspiration from our past we craft the trends of today. I come from the same part of France as Louis — I know the fields, the landscapes, the views, so it was like going back to my country. The trunk is a portrait of the Vuitton brand.
Today, the house continues this tradition while also commercializing readymade trunks sold in its stores, as it is familiar with the popular shapes and sizes. So it would be a gift for me if the visitor understands this. The exhibit started two years ago in Paris. When Bernard Arnault asked me roughly two years ago if I would curate a big retrospective, I asked him to be immersed in the Vuitton archives. The unpickable tumbler lock allowing customers to open all their luggage with a single, unique key devised in 1890 also by Georges is highlighted in Volez, Voguez, Voyagez.
Louis Vuitton created customized jewelry boxes and luggage for stars, celebs, and the bourgeoise including Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn. The exhibition was curated by Olivier Saillard, a well-known fashion curator. The next year, the House of Louis Vuitton began their ready to wear and fashion lines, overseen by who would hold this position for 16 years. Steamships went into operation in 1830, the railways in 1848, the automobile in the 1890s and commercial airlines in the 1900s, and Vuitton adapted to new habits and life experiences, always with elegance, representing the French art de vivre. In 1925, André Citroën organized the Croisière Noire, an African exhibition traveling through Algeria, Mali, and the Congo by car.
I have the best job in the world. Apparently after his mother died and his father remarried, his step-mother was horrendous and he vowed to never stay there. Conceived by curator Olivier Saillard, the exhibition presents a vast retrospective of the storied House from 1854 to the present, featuring selected historical works alongside current pieces to take visitors on a memorable journey between past and present. While continually improving the strength, lightness and functionality of their trunks, Louis and his descendants reinvented fabrics and patterns based on plain colors and striped or checkered backgrounds, giving the brand its unique signature and protecting it against counterfeiters. I was very surprised to see how huge the collection was, not only the objects, but all the documents, which are memories of different moments in the life of the company.