WHEN ART MEETS FASHION THE STORY SO FAR
STEPHEN SPROUSE SS 2001
Marc Jacobs defies resistance from Vuitton’s corporate heads and asks New York artist Sprouse to print a graffiti logo over the classic monogram. Sprouse also modifies patterns from his own archives, including a mock leopard-print made from the letter U that goes on to appear on an iconic scarf. His prints are still used to this day.
TAKASHI MURAKAMI SS 2003
The Japanese artist reimagines the traditional brown and gold palette of the monogram print in rainbow hues, while also adding smiling cherry blossoms, cartoonish eyes and anime animals – and creates a plethora of ‘It’ bags in the process. The line remains in production until 2015.
RICHARD PRINCE SS 2008
American painter and photographer Richard Prince transfers his Mancrazy Jokes series of paintings on to Vuitton bags and dresses models in nurse outfits and monogrammed lace surgical masks inspired by his Nurses paintings.
DAMIEN HIRST 2009
Hirst transforms two unique trunks into medical cabinets as part of Vuitton’s fundraiser for the Red Cross. Studded with the artist’s signature butterflies, the leather pieces feature 10 drawers filled with surgical instruments.
YAYOI KUSAMA SS 2012
Six years after first meeting in Tokyo – and Kusama showing Marc Jacobs a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag she had hand-painted – Jacobs asks her to rework her trademark dot paintings for his bags, accessories and clothes. She also turns Louis Vuitton windows across the world into art installations, complete with lifelike waxworks of herself.
CINDY SHERMAN 2014
For The Icon and the Iconoclasts project, Sherman creates a fully fitted vanity trunk and messenger bag embellished with embroidered travel patches of her own design.
JAKE AND DINOS CHAPMAN SS 2017
Four years after first collaborating with Louis Vuitton, the Chapman brothers lend their haunting illustrations to the fashion house’s menswear. Four prints depicting twisted animals adorn bags, accessories and clothing.
JEFF KOONS 2017
Koons places images from his Gazing Ball series of works on to some of Louis Vuitton’s most iconic bags, including the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull, emblazoning each with the name of the original artist. Miniatures of Koons’ iconic inflatable rabbit feature as the tag.
Leather bag (top left), £2,240, available in store at Louis Vuitton New Bond Street, and London’s Harrods and Selfridges