GREAT EX­PLO­RATION S

ELLE (Malaysia) - - AGENDA -

There could be no Louis Vuit­ton with­out travel, and it’s only a slight stretch to say there could be no travel as we know it to­day with­out Louis Vuit­ton. The Louis Vuit­ton flat trunk was the be­gin­ning of lug­gage, while the Steamer bag, made of can­vas with a leather top han­dle, was the pre­cur­sor of mod­ern-day hand lug­gage.

Louis Vuit­ton was right there in the early days of ev­ery new mode of trans­port, com­ing up with in­ge­nious so­lu­tions to new pack­ing prob­lems. They kit­ted out Citroën ex­pe­di­tions across Africa and along the Silk Road with car trunks and camp beds; they pro­vided wardrobes large enough to hold the many out­fits de­manded by ocean lin­ers’ long crossings; and when the avi­a­tion era ar­rived they worked to make their lug­gage as light as pos­si­ble. There have been ad­ven­tures on cel­lu­loid, too, most fa­mously in Wes An­der­son's The Darjeeling

Lim­ited, whose char­ac­ters were blessed with Marc Ja­cobs-de­signed lug­gage cov­ered in palm trees and sa­fari an­i­mals.

At the en­trance to the ex­hi­bi­tion visi­tors can con­trol a bi­plane pro­jec­tion that hov­ers on the wall by hold­ing out their arms and mov­ing. An­other room repli­cates a lux­u­ri­ous train car­riage, with highly pol­ished wood, leather seats, and even rolling plains pass­ing out­side the win­dow. These ideas ref­er­ence at­trac­tions at the Ex­po­si­tion Uni­verselle of 1900, a world fair in Paris at which Georges Vuit­ton was given re­spon­si­bil­ity for the travel and leather goods sec­tion. An at­trac­tion called the Mare­o­rama gave visi­tors sit­ting in rock­ing chairs the il­lu­sion of trav­el­ling on a mov­ing ocean liner, com­plete with gusts of wind, while an­other recre­ated the ex­pe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling on the Trans-Siberian Ex­press, with the win­dows re­veal­ing land­scapes be­tween Moscow and Pek­ing.

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