Throughout his tenure at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs has become famous for his successful team-ups with modern artists, from 2001’s graffiti-splashed Stephen Sprouse handbags to 2003’s anime-covered Takashi Murakami pieces. Now, the designer is collaborating with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her striking polka dot canvases, on a collection of clothing and accessories printed with those very same circular spots.
The limited-edition Kusama pieces will include silk pajama separates, trench coats and even a wristwatch, all covered in the painter’s precisely-placed dots. Conveniently, the collab will hit 461 Vuitton stores on July 10—just two days before Kusama’s retrospective at NYC’s Whitney Museum opens. A second capsule, which will feature Louis Vuitton’s signature monogrammed leather goods decorated with Kusama’s "nerves" pattern, is planned for October.
Jacobs, who described Kusama’s spots to WWD as "both timeless and endless," received rave reviews for his eponymous collection’s polka-dotted Fall 2011 collection and even named his latest Jacobs fragrance Dot, so clearly he’s got a fondness for this particular pattern. To coincide with the release of Kusama’s collection, he’s even unleashing a free iPhone app next month that will allow users to customize their own photos with the artist’s favorite motifs. Meanwhile, we’re already wondering about the dotty window displays Vuitton’s team has in the works.
We can’t wait to see what the 82-year-old Kusama (who currently lives in a mental hospital and famously paints each of her "infinity dots" by hand) dreams up for the historic French fashion house. Click through the gallery for a sneak peek at what’s to come.
Photo via WWD.
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