Yayoi Kasuma Designs for Louis Vuitton | Japanese Artist Commissioned for LV Capsule Collection

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Yayoi Kusama's Ascension of Polka Dots

Yayoi Kusama's Ascension of Polka DotsIt’s set to be a very spotty season for Louis Vuitton. The esteemed fashion label’s teamed up with polka-dot loving Japanese painter Yayoi Kasuma for its new capsule collection.

We’ll see Yayoi Kasuma’s art decorating a range of Louis Vuitton products, including leather handbags, footwear, watches, jewelry, and apparel items, this July. The collaboration will be hard to miss as elaborate window installations in Louis Vuitton stores around the world will herald its arrival.

The 82-year-old artist’s range promises to be difficult to ignore. As well as a penchant for polka dots, Yayoi Kasuma’s art also often features phallic motifs. She’s also not shy about her body and has staged several performance pieces in the nude.

Louis Vuitton has a long history of artistic collaborations, including previous pairings with Richard Prince, Stephen Sprouse, and Takashi Murakami. However the new line is the first time Louis Vuitton has worked with a woman. It seems a good time for the label to take such a risk, as its growing Japanese fan base is sure to embrace accessories decorated with art from one of its own.

Personally I’m excited to see Louis Vuitton teaming up with such a vibrant artistic icon. All too often its creations seem stuffy, so I think it will benefit from this latest creative injection. Are you excited to see this new artistic range?

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