05 / 06 / 2012

Yayoi Kusama & Louis Vuitton

NONZEN Team 风尚 Style

Avant-garde painter, pop art artist, fashion designer, sculptor, street performer and poet, is an artist of many talents. 2012 is doubtlessly the year of Kusama. It started with a retrospective of the 83-year old Japanese artist that opened in Madrid’s Reina Sofia, travelled to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Tate Modern in London, and which will make its next stop at New York’s Whitney Museum from July 11th. Next up is a monograph dedicated to Kusama’s long career in the art world.


Yayoi Kusama within her art (2008) © Yayoi Kusama

But the highlight in this Year of Kusama that will make your fashion heart sing is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s creative director Marc Jacobs on a Ready-To-Wear and Accessories collection, to be launched in July. The pieces in the collection interpret Kusama’s art, known for her use of organic shapes and so-called ‘infinity nets’, monochrome fields of one and the same shape repeated over undulating surfaces, and transfers them onto garments, leather goods, shoes and even jewellery.

The same play of shapes and colour will also adorn the windows of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide when the collection becomes available this summer. Get deliciously lost in the “Self-Obliterating” pieces.


Yayoi Kusama within her art (2012) at Tate Modern © Yayoi Kusama

草间弥生是一位才华横溢的艺术家,身兼先锋派画家、波普艺术家、时装设计师、雕塑家、街头表演家及诗人等多重身份。2012年,绝对是草间弥生之年,这位已经80多岁日本艺术家的世界巡回展览正在如火如荼的进行。去年五月,草间弥生的世界巡回展览从马德里索菲亚王妃博物馆(Reina Sofia)开始,之后移师巴黎蓬皮杜艺术中心(Centre Pompidou)。今年2月9日至6月5日,展览来到伦敦泰特现代美术馆(Tate Modern),之后前往纽约惠特尼美术馆(Whitney Museum)。

草间弥生的前卫艺术作品跨越了逾60年,此次世界巡回展览云集了她创意最旺盛时期的经典代表作,并得到了路易威登全力支持。7月10日,在草间弥生纽约惠特尼美术馆回顾展开展前的两天,路易威登将在全球推出与草间弥生合作的服饰与配饰系列。

此次Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton系列,包括风衣、连身裙、睡衣、鞋子、手袋、项链和腕表等等,每件单品上都会有草间弥生标志性的波点图案,色彩上贯穿她艺术作品中常见的黑、亮黄和大红,她广为人熟知的波点南瓜也被做成了可爱的小肩包。从上世纪50年代开始走俏的波点,看似单调,实则变化万千,可复古可甜美,拥有强烈的视觉感,随着Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton系列的推出,新一轮波点热潮势必会席卷全球,籍此机会,草间弥生的无限艺术世界也将在全球广受关注。

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