Yayoi Kusama’s dotty fashion is coming to Louis Vuitton, as the two polka dot lovers collaborate in creating a range of shoes, bags, dresses and scarves.
The collection featuring the 82-year-old Japanese artist, best known for her signature bold dot prints, is set to debut collection in Vuitton’s Fifth Avenue Maison in New York and a pop-up Soho Kusama store on July 10.
The Kusama retrospective art show at the Whitney, sponsored by Louis Vuitton, is opening on July 12.
The show will feature Kusama’s works since the 1950s: from early, traditional Japanese paintings to her canvases of seemingly endless dots and nets, from sculptures of stuffed-fabric phalli adhered to sofas and boats to recent polka-dot-painted pumpkins, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Starting on July 19, the collection will be available in Louis Vuitton stores nationwide.
Furthermore, Pop-up stores in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, London and Paris will follow suit.
“Marc Jacobs’s sincere attitude towards art is the same as my own,” Kusama recently told the Cut.
“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.”
Kusama used to live in New York way back in 1960s, when she founded the Kusama Fashion Company. Bloomingdales even set up a complete Kusama Corner at one time, according to NY Mag.
Dots for Kusama are a visual representation of the hallucinations and anxiety attacks she has suffered from her childhood.
Marc Jacobs, the creative director of Louis Vuitton, is a longtime fan of Kusama, and commented on the artist saying that “the obsessive character and the innocence of her artwork touch me.”
“She succeeds in sharing her vision of the world with us,” said Jacobs, according to Fashionista.
In his own designs, Jacobs has always been a fan of polka dots. He even named his latest fragrance “Dot.”
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