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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.