On my 2018 to do list education on the history fashion is definitely a high priority. It’s one thing to read about it in textbooks, but to experience it in person is another. My trip to the Louis Vuitton exhibit was definitely memorable one.
Only a few steps away from the World Trade Center, at the former American Stock Exchange building, flags hung high signaling the location of the exhibit. After a few twists and turns you are finally greeted with the ever so bright LED simulation of a Louis Vuitton subway. Prime location of all fashionistas eager awaiting their photo op against the white tiled Louis subway stop.
Starting from the basics the exhibit heavily focuses on the evolution of the trunks and how they were used throughout its history.
Tools of the trade were displayed throughout various rooms giving museum go-ers a look at how detailed craftsmanship was important even at its grassroots.
Then on to the rise of yatching and caravanning. This is where we saw the start of clothing come into play as well as the evolution of trunks and bags.
There was even a trunk that could be used as a bed!
Aviation and the introduction of the duffle as well as garments for flights were presented in the next room. This one specific piece was sewn in 1812, I was just amazed at the detail and quality of such a jacket I had to take a closer look.
The next room invited you to explore traveling by train and the writing room. This is where I.T started to get crowed do not too many photos of this here.
Transition out of the art of travel, you’re welcomed to a familiar LV pattern known world wide circa 2003. Not one of my favorite color ways, especially the white, but this was definitely a nostalgic area for just about everyone in the room.
The leather goods collaboration room was definitely one of my favs, especially the Yayoi Kusama pieces. There were also pieces from collaborations with Jeff Koons, Rei Kaeskubo, Vivienne Westwood, Jake and Dinos Chapman.
The final room housed the most modern gowns enclosed in LV x Marc Jacobs print wall to wall. Another hotspot of “for the gram” photos.
All in all it was a great, fulfilling experience. I encourage everyone to go fashionista or not. The exhibit is on view until this weekend, with the last day being January 7th.