Art is Art. And Fashion, is Fashion. But when you place the history of Louis Vuitton’s iconic trunks, fashioned into 10 chapters, including one that’s dedicated entirely to Japan, its visual power transcends into art – and emotional appeal to the senses.
Curated by Olivier Saillard, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez“ is an exhibition by Louis Vuitton, held in Kioicho, Tokyo from 23rd April to 19th June 2016.
The exhibition retraces Louis Vuitton’s great journey from 1854 till today, through archives of the Family’s founding members to those who create the Louis Vuitton of today.
The journey is conceived and designed by Robert Carsen who tells the story of the house in 10 thematic chapters. Opening with the absolute symbol of LV (an antique malle) – it has fast become the House’s icon. The epitomy of Louis Vuitton’s audacious spirit.
The exhibition presents objects and documents from Louis Vuitton’s archives, as well as a selection of pieces on loan from the Palais Galliera, Musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris and from private collectors. Some of the trunks include specially commissioned objects by craftsmen from Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. A section dedicated to craftsmanship, with craftsmen from the Louis Vuitton ateliers closes the exhibition.
The exhibition will be held in a bespoke structure in Kioicho, the neighbourhood in Tokyo, where in 1978 Louis Vuitton opened its first store in Japan.