YAYOI KUSAMA + LOUIS VUITTON
Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton co-produced clothes, watch and accessory collection of 2012 resulted in a public obsession with polka dots. 82-year-old artist Kusama also hosted retrospectives at Whitney Museum in New York and Tate Modern in London the same year. Born in Japan, Kusama began her art career in New York in the 1960s, where she created art happenings, similar to what we now call performance art. She returned to Japan in the 1970s where she's now one of the country's most prominent artists. Kusama collaborated with fashion houses already in the 1960s when she sold garments at Bloomingdale's. Voluntarily staying at a psychiatric hospital in Japan, she is considered one of the most influential female artists in the world and the polka dots have been with her from the start.