Infinity in the Collaboration of Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama
January 4, 2024

Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton again shocked the world with its collaboration with Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama for the second time. The exploration, conducted by Yayoi Kusama and the savoir-faire Louis Vuitton, gave birth to the latest collection launched by displaying the artist's signature motif, polka dots, which come from the shape of a "dot". 

"I am determined to create a Kusama world, which no one has ever done and trodden into," said Yayoi Kusama.

An installation that looks like Yayoi Kusama at the LV Store, TokyoAn installation that looks like Yayoi Kusama at the LV Store, Tokyo

This collaboration celebrates art, courage, and craftsmanship through metal polka dots, boundless dots, and psychedelic flowers. The "dot" shape was later implemented in several Louis Vuitton product designs. The first is the dots painted using certain techniques to produce realistic-looking hand-painted effect patterns with primary colors of red, yellow, green, and blue. Then the second is the most recognizable motif, the polka dots have always been a creative force, and their boundless form gives freshness to each of Kusama's works. 

Painted Dots Product from Loius VuittonPainted Dots Product from Louis Vuitton

Infinity Dots Product from Louis VuittonInfinity Dots Product from Louis Vuitton

The third pattern was inspired by Yayoi Kusama's innovative installation at the 1966 Venice Biennale, a 3D metal ball that produces a jewelry-like silver mirror effect. The final pattern is inspired by Yayoi Kusama's 1933 painting "Flowers", the psychedelic flower theme translates the paradox between the mortal life of flowers and the infinity of endless points. 

Metal Dots Product from Louis VuittonMetal Dots Product from Louis Vuitton

Psychedelic Flowers Product from Louis Vuitton

Psychedelic Flowers Product from Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton fashion brand's collaboration with Yayoi Kusama has applied not only to its products (bags, wallets, t-shirts, jeans, skirts, coats, etc.), but also to the interior and exterior design of some of its store branches. For example, on the Upper East Side, the store's façade features a large picture of Yayoi Kusama, complete with a Kusama robot painting dots on the glass.  

Very Realistic Robot Yayoi Kusama on the Upper East SideVery Realistic Robot Yayoi Kusama on the Upper East Side

Meanwhile, in the Paris branch store, there is a giant Yayoi Kusama replica at the top of the old building that seems to be painting dots on the façade. The installation on the building, which has been standing since 1912, seems to tell a story of the process of creating works of art, and the development of works of art that never stops over time. 

A Giant Yayoi Kusama-like Installation in ParisA Giant Yayoi Kusama-like Installation in Paris

The whole decoration of polka dots at the last Louis Vuitton branch store was in a pop-up room in Harajuku, Tokyo, dominated by yellow and black themes. Its glass-made façade can display a 'luminous' inside of the store and is full of yellow circle accents. In addition, the floor in the room is covered in white with a black dots motif, while the walls are colored yellow with a black dots motif. Although the decoration in the store's interior seems dense, the use of display furniture from reflective aluminum materials can add an overall impression to the Louis Vuitton product display space.

The Polka-dotted of Louis Vuitton Store in Tokyo The Polka-dotted of Louis Vuitton Store in Tokyo 

The Interior of the Store in TokyoThe Interior of the Store in Tokyo

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