Speedy Heads at Louis Vuitton Exhibition
French luxury label Louis Vuitton opened an exhibition in Milan yesterday to celebrate Marc Jacobs’ role as creative director for the brand. Louis Vuitton: The Art of Fashion showcases 30 looks which chart back to 1998, documenting the label throughout Jacobs’ creative tenure.
Curated by British stylist and editor of Love magazine Katie Grand, mannequin heads have been replaced by iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy bags – a tongue-in-cheek design reference to his association with the ‘it’ bag. Jacobs’ collaboration with the late graffiti artist Stephen Sprouse in 2001 is also referenced, with six of the 30 mannequins decorated with neon orange and pink graffiti designed by Sprouse. The exhibition ties in with the re-opening of the Louis Vuitton store on Via Montenapleone, which has been closed for renovations for the past seven months.
Some have regarded the exhibition as something of a retrospective as rumours abound that Jacobs is set to move to Christian Dior after John Galliano’s removal from the role of creative director. The exhibition is currently showing at Milan’s La Triennale museum until October 9 2011.