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If you can connect the dots, you'll have seen this latest collaboration between luxury brand Louis Vuitton and 83 year old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her dots, waves, pumpkins and brightly colored severe haircut, hyped to the hilt.
above: A wax figure of Yayoi Kusama stands in one of the window displays of Louis Vuitton's Flagship New York store
Along with the launch of the new womenswear ready-to-wear collection (the entire collection of which is shown further down in this post), the New York flagship store has been covered in dots with its windows filled with wax figures and miniature versions of the artist surrounded by her work and the collection:
The Whitney Museum has a Kusama Retrospective timed to coincide with the collection's release.
The Tate Museum just featured an exhibit of Kusama's works, and the line is accompanied by artworks that will be showcased in the Louis Vuitton New Bond Street Maison’s dedicated exhibition space.
Yayoi Kusama: Princess Of The Dots:
As part of the collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton has created an iPhone app that turns any picture into a unique visual inspired by the artist’s signature waves or Dots and upload it to their online gallery, Visions of the Kusama World.
Collaborations between artists and fashion houses are nothing new, but this one is being heralded like the Second Coming.
The collection includes four subcategories based on the signature art styles of Yayoi Kusama: Dots, Waves, Pumpkin and Town. The expansive line includes Fashion and Fine Jewellery, Handbags, Small Leather Goods, Luggage, Scarves, Pareos, Pumps, Flats, Sunglasses and Ready-To-Wear fashions.
above: The pumpkin bag is a precious creation of galvanised metal with pure gold and resin
While I'm a fan of Kasuma's work, some of the pieces in the new collection are truly fabulous while others look like they came straight from Minnie Mouse's wardrobe closet. No doubt about it, you gotta like dots to like Louis Vuitton's Infinitely Kusama Collection.
The Infinitely Kusama Accessories:
Infinitely Kusama Pumps:
Infinitely Kusama flats:
Infinitely Kusama Watch, Collar, Snood and Shawl:
Infinitely Kusama Fashion Jewellery:
Infinitely Kusama Handbags and leather goods:
Infinitely Kusama Luggage:
Infinitely Kusama Pareos and Beach Towel:
Infinitely Kusama Pumpkin scarf and charm:
Infinitely Kusama Town Monogram Silk Scarf:
Infinitely Kusama Sunglasses:
The Ready to Wear Infinitely Kusama Womenswear collection:
Most of the collection is available in store only, but you can shop for some of the accessories online here
Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kasuma's Infinitely Kusama Collection