[dropcap]L [/dropcap]ouis Vuitton and the Whitney Museum in New York are seeing dots. Famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has teamed up with Louis Vuitton for a collaboration, and is also being honored with a retrospective at the Whitney Museum Of Art in New York.
Yayoi Kusama is most known for her abstract and pop art scenes, polka dot technique and unique installations. Her exhibit at the Whitney, open July 12th through September 30th, showcases over 50 years of her work with the museum itself decorated in polka dots. In an interview with WWD on the exhibit’s grand opening, the 83 year old Kusama remarked “I’m genius.”
For the grand opening of the collaboration on Tuesday July 10, the Louis Vuitton Fifth Avenue Flagship unveiled its store window displays covered in dots and abstract shapes in Kusama’s designs, and Kusama herself arrived to the opening in a polka dotted wheelchair. The artist’s collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, in stores worldwide now, stays true to Kusama’s style – RTW, handbags, and accessories covered in her classic polka dots.
Her exhibit at the museum as well as the collaboration with Louis Vuitton had been highly anticipated and on Tuesday night W magazine along with Louis Vuitton hosted a dinner at the Whitney Museum in New York City in the artist’s honor. The dinner party was held at the Whitney Museum and was a preview of what to expect from her exhibit. Stars including Dianna Agron, Lauren Santo Domingo, Harley Viera- Newtown, Margherita Missoni as well as many others were present and enthralled. “That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time,” Hannah Bronfman said to WWD in regards to the installation. Unfortunately Yayoi did not attend the dinner because she had spent most of the day at LV’s fifth avenue flagship during the store unveiling.
Kusama/Louis Vuitton at Selfridges