Back in May, when Louis Vuitton announced that their latest artist collaboration would be with polka-dot crazy Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (the artist who was behind that awesome stickers installation), we knew that they were going “all in” on something extraordinary. We're now just starting to see the results with these weirdly wonderful window installations created all around the world. From Louis Vuitton's flagship Manhattan store on Fifth Avenue to London's Selfridges' recent debut, Louis Vuitton has splashed Yayoi's signature dots virtually everywhere.
In total there will be seven Kusama for Louis Vuitton store collaborations launching in 2012 though, no doubt, the Selfridges' opening was one of the most anticipated. The 83-year-old shows off her new collection in a special project space called the Concept Store which has been transformed with Kusama's signature giant pumpkins and, yes, dots and dots everywhere. Also, in an unprecedented move, Selfridges has devoted all of their 24 department store windows to one brand. The incredible take-over started on August 24th 2012 and runs through October 19th 2012.
As for how the collaboration came about, Kusama told Women's Wear Daily: “Marc Jacobs came to see me in Tokyo in 2006 and he asked me if I wanted to come to the States and do fashion. That sort of encouraged me. At that time, I was writing poems and novels. Fashion has always attracted me.”
Fifth Avenue Maison in New York City
Photos via [Louis Vuitton]