Louis Vuitton Curates A 160-Year Retrospective

Louis Vuitton Curates A 160-Year Retrospective

AS FOCUS SHIFTS TO FASHION'S EVER-CHANGING CYCLES, LOUIS VUITTON STAGES A CENTURY-SPANNING RETROSPECTIVE

AS FOCUS SHIFTS TO FASHION'S EVER-CHANGING CYCLES, LOUIS VUITTON STAGES A CENTURY-SPANNING RETROSPECTIVE

For the next three months, an extensive retrospective of Louis Vuitton’s creations will be on display at the Grand Palais, in Paris. The Olivier Saillard-curated exhibit, dubbed “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez,” or “Flying, Sailing, Traveling,” presents the evolution of the brand from the debut of their signature trunks to the ready-to-wear and luggage empire that they are today.

The 160-year-old history of the house has been edited down to nine rooms. The first few are centered on different forms of travel: a ship out at sea, a plane flying through the clouds and the snug interior of a train car. What emerges is a sense of adaptation—the transformation of luxury amidst new environments.

Other rooms focus on Vuitton’s relationship to the arts, whether practically or collaboratively. There’s a dedicated music room that houses guitar cases, conductor’s baton carriers and more. In another, a famed Takashi Murakami LV print hangs on the wall alongside works by Richard Prince.

To toast the opening night, friends of the historic fashion house turned out in full force. To name a few: Adele Exarchopolous, Alber Elbaz, Anne-Catherine Frey, Tamu McPherson, Gaia Repossi, Catherine Deneuve, Eva Herzigova, Natalia Vodianova, Susie Lau, Patrick Demarchelier, and the company's creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere. Fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld, who frequently stages his runway shows at the Grand Palais, also showed up in support.

ADELE EXARCHOPOULOS

ALBER ELBAZ

Anne-Catherine Frey and Tamu McPherson 

Catherine Deneuve and Nicolas Ghesquiere

EVA HERZIGOVA

GAIA REPOSSI

KARL LAGERFELD

NATALIA VODIANOVA

PATRICK DEMARCHELIER

SUSIE LAU

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