Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion, and Architecture

Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture Limited Louis Vuitton Edition

Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture offers, for the first time in the luxury brand’s history, a critical selection of the creative exchanges forged between Louis Vuitton and a growing number of designers from the worlds of art, architecture, design, photography and fashion. This richly illustrated anthology is supplemented by critical essays that analyse and shed new light on Louis Vuitton’s commitment during one of the most fertile periods of contemporary creation. Written by international critics from the world of art, fashion and architecture, this work, stretching over 400 pages and illustrated with 400 colour documents, will be released in three languages – French, English and Italian – and will be available in bookshops, published respectively by de La Martinière, Rizzoli NY and Rizzoli Italia.

A deluxe edition exclusively designed for Louis Vuitton by Takashi Murakami will be for sale in Louis Vuitton stores and on www.louisvuitton.com
from September 1st 2009.

Deluxe edition designed by Takashi Murakami:
Hardcover with a “LV with Hands” jacket and
a plexiglass slipcase engraved with Damier pattern.
On sale exclusively in Louis Vuitton’s stores
and on louisvuitton.com

Publication date: September 1st 2009
Price: US$130, 125€, £90, ¥17,000
Format: 24 x 31cm
3 leaflets 91/2″ x 121/4″
404 pages, 400 illustrations

Rizzoli USA, English version
Editions de La Martinière, French version
Rizzoli Italia, Italian version
Available in bookstores

Louis Vuitton and Creation

A symbol of elegance and the French art de vivre, Louis Vuitton has cultivated a close relationship with the world of art since its founding in 1854. Inventing the art of travel, Louis Vuitton and his successors kept pace with a rapidly changing age, and worked with the most accomplished engineers, decorators, painters, photographers and designers of the day. This fascination with ever-new forms of expression grew through the subsequent decades and continues today under the guidance of its artistic director, Marc Jacobs; shoes, watches, jewelry and ready-to-wear collections have joined alongside the malletier’s distinctive bags and travel accessories.

Louis Vuitton’s interest in the arts began in the 1980s when it started working with painters like César, Sol LeWitt and Olivier Debré. Demonstrating the influence of art on artisanship, these richly textured collaborations became a tradition and reached a new level when Marc Jacobs joined the House in 1997. Passionate about contemporary art, Jacobs invited some of the world’s most renowned artists to join forces with Louis Vuitton, increasing the points of exchange between art and fashion to an unprecedented degree. Among these renowned partnerships, the late Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince even intervened directly with the House’s Monogram, freely appropriating its forms and visual identity. Collaborations between Louis Vuitton and other artists have taken a variety of forms: shop window designs, site-specific art installations for stores, exhibitions at the Espace Louis Vuitton on the top floor of the Champs-Elysées Maison, and the acquisitions of new works for the House’s own collection. In the same spirit, Louis Vuitton has called upon an international pantheon of architects to design its stores, including Jun Aoki, Kumiko Inui and Peter Marino. Advertising campaigns have also created opportunities to work with talented photographers as Jean Larivière, Annie Leibovitz, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Interview of Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton

Why publish today a retrospective book on the major collaborations of Louis Vuitton?
At Louis Vuitton, the influence of art has been an obvious inspiration for new products, store architecture, artistic collaborations, and for the Maison’s advertising campaigns. Our will to build and grow our relationship with the contemporary art world has led us to work with numerous artists of our times such as photographers, architects and fashion designers. It was essential for Louis Vuitton to trace, through an enthralling anthology, its most significant artistic collaborations. In this book, the focus remains on artists that have impacted the history of Louis Vuitton.

What is Louis Vuitton’s role in the world of the contemporary creation?
Of all modern luxury brands, Louis Vuitton can claim to maintain the richest and most varied associations with the world of art – indeed, it is a tradition that dates back almost to the origins of the House. This desire to continuously create and reinvent, whilst maintaining and transmitting the history and identity of the brand, has been transformed into multiples collaborations, most of time quite unexpected. Constantly renewed under the influence of Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton’s commitment to the arts has recently been underscored by the establishment of the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, announced in October 2006 by Bernard Arnault, Chairman & CEO of LVMH/Moët Hennessy.Louis Vuitton. The future Fondation will be an exciting new space and concept intended to stimulate dialogue with a wide audience and offer artists and intellectuals a platform for discussion, inspiration and reflection. If the brand inspires artists, designers and architects, they, in return, inspire Louis Vuitton. This mutual inspiration is very challenging and productive, not only for the luxury world, but also for the contemporary art world.

How do you explain the success of Louis Vuitton’s collaborations?
Fashion, luxury, art and architecture unite to propose a new vision of the world and take us away from the ordinary. Contemporary art gives us an alternative point of view. Modern architecture, inseparable from the luxury world, plays a key role in setting Louis Vuitton’s name in present time. The fashion industry and its designers give a fresh energy and a unique creativity to the House’s ready-to-wear collections. A contemporary artist, whether he is an architect, a photographer or a fashion designer, often produces unexpected creations. It is a bold challenge for Louis Vuitton and I believe that only a handful of brands have been able to surpass the boundaries to this point between luxury and contemporary creation.

A selection of 80 Artists
Haluk Akakçe, Azzedine Alaïa, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Jun Aoki, Ron Arad, Arman, Gae Aulenti, Shigeru Ban, Philippe Barthélémy & Sylvia Griño, Vanessa Beecroft, Manolo Blahnik, Eric Carlson, Gilles Carnoy, César, Jaime Chard, Kirill Celuskin, Sandro Chia, Claude Closky, Patrick Demarchelier, Olivier Debré, Vincent Dubourg, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, Sylvie Fleury, Frank Gehry, Romeo Gigli, Jean-Paul Goude, Guzman, Zaha Hadid, Hans Hemmert, Anouska Hempel, Fritz Hansen, Kumiko Inui, Arata Isozaki, Marc Jacobs, Alexey Kallima, Rei Kawakubo, David LaChapelle, Xavier Lambours, Helmut Lang, Jean Larivière, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Ange Leccia, Annie Leibovitz, Sol LeWitt, Christian Liaigre, Michael Lin, Katherina Manolessou, Peter Marino, Raymond Meier, Miss.Tic, Isaac Mizrahi, Nicolas Moulin, Takashi Murakami, Malakeh Nayini, Jean-Jacques Ory, Martin Parr, Bruno Peinado, Fabrizio Plessi, Richard Prince, Andrée Putman, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Razzia, Ugo Rondinone, James Rosenquist, Alberto Sorbelli, Stephen Sprouse, Philippe Starck, Sybilla, Juergen Teller, Ruben Toledo, Nicole Tran Ba Vang, James Turrell, Inez van amsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Julie Verhoeven, Zhan Wang, Vivienne Westwood, Tim White-Sobieski, Robert Wilson, William Adjété Wilson.

Visuals from the Book

Maison Louis Vuitton, Champs-Elysées (2005): Women’s shoes department. Interior design by Peter Marino, enclosed by a stainless steel Monogram screen. © LOUIS VUITTON / STÉPHANE MURATET

Louis Vuitton Tribute to Stephen Sprouse held at various venues in New York City, January 8, 2009. Entrance of the Bowery Ballroom. © LOUIS VUITTON / JAMIE CABREZA

Study (2008) by Richard Prince; acrylic on treated canvas, 111×87 cm. Louis Vuitton Collection. COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON 2008 © RICHARD PRINCE

Compression by Ron Arad (1987); in treated fabric, leather, brass and steel; 28 x 44 x 20 cm (11 x 17 x 7.8 inches). Louis Vuitton Collection. © LOUIS VUITTON / ANTOINE ROZES

Le Monogramme du peintre (The Painter’s Monogram) silk twill square (1988) by Arman (Armand Pierre Fernandez), 86.5 x 87 cm (34 x 34.25 inches). Louis Vuitton Collection. Photographed by Antoine JARRIER/COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON © Arman

Stephen Bag by Louis Vuitton (2007), photograph by Jaime Chard for Surface magazine, of the impression left on plaster powder by what is actually an Adele bag, also from F/W 2006-07. Print, 30.5 x 40 cm (12 x 15.7 inches). Louis Vuitton Collection. © LOUIS VUITTON / JAIME CHARD

Eye see you by Olafur Eliasson (2006); stainless steel, aluminum, colored glass filters, lightbulb. This project was unveiled at the New York Global store, November 11th 2006, and later installed in each of the over 350 Louis Vuitton boutiques throughout the world. The work consists of a lamp in the shape of pupil, which emits a yellow luminescence. Courtesy Olafur Eliasson, photographed by LB Production

Keepall by Sylvie Fleury (2000); chrome-plated bronze, 32 x 46 x 20 cm (12.5 x 18 x 7.8 inches). The sculpture later became the basis for the Mirror Monogram series of city bags. Louis Vuitton Collection. Photographed by Elodie Gay © COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON © SYLVIE FLEURY

Series 7™ swing seat prototype after Arne Jacobsen (2005), one-of-a-kind model created for Fritz Hansen™; auctioned for $18,000, with proceeds from the sale donated to the Danish AIDS Foundation. Louis Vuitton Collection. © LOUIS VUITTON / PHILIPPE JUMIN

Louis Vuitton Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR by Kumiko Inui (2008). © LOUIS VUITTON / JIMMY COHRSSEN

Undertow silk square (1988) by Sol LeWitt, 88 x 87.5 cm (34.6 x 34.4 inches). Louis Vuitton Collection. Photographed by Antoine JARRIER / COLLECTION

The Earth is Round silk square (1988) by Sol LeWitt, 88 x 87.5 cm (34.6 x 34.4 inches). Louis Vuitton Collection. Photographed by Antoine JARRIER / COLLECTION

Hommage à Louis Vuitton by Miss.Tic (2001). Stencil on a series of numbered and unnumbered postcards given out during the Women’s F/W 2001-02 show, March 12, 2001; 42 x 30 cm (16.5 x 12 inches). Louis Vuitton Collection. COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON © Miss Tic

Hommage à Louis Vuitton by Miss.Tic (2001). Stencil on a series of numbered and unnumbered postcards given out during the Women’s F/W 2001-02 show, March 12, 2001; 42 x 30 cm (16.5 x 12 inches). Louis Vuitton Collection. COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON © Miss Tic

The World of Sphere (2003) by Takashi Murakami, Acrylic on canvas, mounted on board, 350 x 350 cm (137.8 x 137.8 inches). © 2003 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © 2003 Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Panda character on Monogram rigid case (2003) designed by Takashi Murakami. © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. © 2003 Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

LV with Hands character on Monogram rigid case (2003) designed by Takashi Murakami. © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
All Rights Reserved. © 2003 Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Molten bag (2008) by Fabrizio Plessi; Epi leather with an ultra-flat TFT-LCD screen. Limited to an edition of 88. Louis Vuitton Collection COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON © FABRIZIO PLESSI

Il Lusso è lento (2008), video installation by Fabrizio Plessi, Louis Vuitton Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR (2008); architecture by Kumiko Inui. © LOUIS VUITTON / JIMMY COHRSSEN

Model of a fiber carbon attaché case (1990), designed by Philippe Starck, 40 x 47 x 8 cm, (15.7 x 18.5 x 3 inches). A functional prototype with a green leather twill weave interior is part the Louis Vuitton Collection. COLLECTION LOUIS VUITTON © PHILIPPE STARCK

Image by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin of model in Monogram makeup, with Faux Cul bag created by Vivienne Westwood for the centennial of the Monogram canvas in 1996. © LOUIS VUITTON / INEZ VAN LAMSWEERDE/VINOODH MATADIN

Images via Louis Vuitton


  • Anonymous

    WOW! I need to have this book!

  • freshmess

    Is this different from the book "Louis Vuitton: Art and Creation" that's available on Amazon for pre-order?

  • SE@N

    Put my name on the waitlist, NOW !!! I WANT ONE…

  • Linh Pham

    So, where do they sell the bookstore edition ones at? Borders maybe?

  • ailinalei

    Where can I put my name on the waitlist!!! I WANT IT!!!

  • Bengt

    @ freshmess: I searched Amazon for that book but nothing showed up.. But this one is currently available in Amazon for pre-order.

    @ linh pham: yeah, I think you could get the bookstore edition at Borders.

    @ ailinalei: you can pre-order the book at Amazon.

  • bird_n_tree

    am putting a request with "the" store today… waiting patiently for the book……… absolvtely lvoe your photos Bengt ^^

  • Anonymous

    @ freshmess: I found a couple of inside pages on liinc.wordpress.com. I want this book now.

  • bc6

    that is great!!

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    Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!