A decade following their first collaboration, a new collection plays on the signature motifs of the legendary Japanese artist
A decade following their first splashy collaboration, Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton reunited to apply the legendary Japanese artist’s meditations on infinity to new physical forms. The eye-catching collection launched globally on Thursday, presented from a yellow-walled pop-up in New York’s Meatpacking District littered with mirrors, black dots, and shiny spheres. In its Tokyo counterpart, a large-scale, lifelike sculpture of Kusama greets visitors from a similarly hallucinatory sea of reflections.
The collection itself embodies the same uninhibited loudness that characterizes the physical spaces it debuted in. It’s immense in size, featuring over 400 items, ranging from sneakers, to scarves, suits, slides, sunglasses, surfboards, and even fragrances. Most of the pieces are decorated with Kusama’s irregular spots—the line’s clear motif—taking the form of her signature infinity dots, painted dots, metal dots, and psychedelic flowers. The confidence of the collection is a not-so-subtle, optimistic overture for the year—one defined by a surplus of sincerity, unburdened by restraint.
Models Tamel Lee at The Society; Shelby Hayes at Heroes. Hair Erol Karadag at MA World Group. Make-up Ayana Awata. Set Design Sati Leonne Faulks at Bryant Artists. Casting Olivier Duperrin.