Apr 21st, 2017, 09:17 PM

Louis Vuitton’s Best Art Collaborations

By Giorgia Ascolani
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As Louis Vuitton launches its latest collaboration with Jeff Koons, we take a look at some of the other iconic collections created by the fashion powerhouse.

Last week, Louis Vuitton unveiled its' latest artistic collaboration. This time around, the powerhouse label teamed up with notorious artist Jeff Koons to create a collection of bags and accessories featuring some of the world's most famous paintings. Da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa and Titian’s Mars, Venus and Cupid are just some of the masterpieces featured on backpacks and neverfulls.

In a statement, Louis Vuitton said, "Pushing its know-how to new limits, Louis Vuitton has employed the most advanced techniques and craftsmanship to faithfully reproduce the artworks on the canvas of the bags.”

The bags have been met with mixed reviews, with some skeptics calling it ‘sacrilage’. Others have applauded Vuitton’s constant injection of creativity in an otherwise ‘safe’ fashion industry.

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Louis Vuitton has often incorporated iconic artists to collaborate on capsule collections, with the first being a link up with New York graphic artist Stephen Sprouse. Previously considered an older generation’s classic label, the labels collaboration exploded across popular media, leading to the bags selling out immediately. Under Marc Jacobs creative direction, the collaboration saw neon graffiti being sprayed across the classic monogram, reflecting the exciting and rebellious direction Jacobs was leading the brand into.

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Sometime after, Vuitton collaborated with famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to create one of the most iconic collections of bags of the early 2000’s. Spotted on the arms of the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Ritchie, the white monogrammed speedy’s, which were a staple in the collection, is reportedly the most copied bag of all time.

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In 2008, Louis Vuitton collaborated with another Japanese artist. This time, they enlisted the help of Yayoi Kusama to create a bold yet playful collection. To promote the collection, shops around the world echoed the red bright spots present in the collection, and London store Selfridges  created a concept store fitted with a life-size sculpture of Kusama herself.

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For the house’s 160th anniversary, the ‘iconoclasts’ collection was launched, featuring collaboration with six art and design pioneers, including Karl Lagerfeld and Frank Gehry. Cindy Sherman even created a trunk for the collection with multicoloured drawers.

Although often met with a wall of criticisms, the collaborations between artists and Vuittons has produced some of the most iconic collections in present day fashion. Art and fashion has often come together to produce beautiful things, and these are just other examples of the perfect amalgamation between the two interlinked worlds.