WHEN ART MEETS FASH­ION THE STORY SO FAR

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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

RICHARD PRINCE

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