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Right from its early days, Louis Vuit­ton has had strong ties to artists and de­sign­ers. Charles Fred­er­ick Worth, the found­ing fa­ther of haute cou­ture, was a neigh­bour and friend to Louis Vuit­ton, and this is what made Vuit­ton de­cide to pro­mote him­self as a fash­ion pack­ing spe­cial­ist. Christian Dior is just one of the many de­sign­ers who favoured Louis Vuit­ton lug­gage. And when Marc Ja­cobs took the reins as cre­ative di­rec­tor and the house’s first ready-to-wear de­signer in 1997 he al­most im­me­di­ately be­gan re­cruit­ing artists for spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tive projects. Some of the names whose work can be seen in the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Mu­rakami, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama and Damien Hirst, who cre­ated a spe­cial or­der med­i­cal cabi­net cov­ered in but­ter­flies that was auc­tioned off for the Red Cross. And of course the most re­cent artis­tic part­ner, Jeff Koons, whose Masters col­lec­tion went meta with bags em­bla­zoned with hero works from five of the great masters, in­clud­ing Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens and Vin­cent Van Gogh, has also earned a place in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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