Last month, Another Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton collaboration was teased as part of the label's Cruise 2023 show.
The pair last partnered in 2012, under the creative direction of Marc Jacobs, wherein the artist's signature dots were featured across LV silhouettes including the Keepall, Neverfull, Papillion, and Speedy. Now, those bags are worth a premium, and the collaboration is highly sought after by fashion enthusiasts and collectors. 10 years later, Louis Vuitton has once again teamed up with Kusama, this time dressing some of its new silhouettes, created by Artistic Director of Women’s Collections Nicolas Ghesquière, in the artist's recognisable work. “A handful of leather goods were premiered during the Cruise 2023 fashion show at the Salk Institute in San Diego,” reads a press release from Louis Vuitton.
Inspired by one of Kusama’s most popular works, Narcissus Garden (1966) in which mirrored spheres are arranged on the ground or even in shallow bodies of water, bags such as the LV Twist have been decorated with 3D silver balls, and the Dauphine has been updated with Kusama's colourful dots of yellow, green, white, blue, and red. However, only a small sample of the collaboration was on view at the Salk Institute, with the full collection due to be released in January next year.
The collaboration is a celebration of Vuitton's longstanding partnership with Kusama, and the massive success of the initial partnership. According to Louis Vuitton, there's plenty more to come from the collaboration. “These exclusive bags feature a reinterpretation of the artist’s obsessive dots across Louis Vuitton signature shapes as well as on new models. A true first taste of a transversal collaboration that, come January 2023, will radiate through all Maison categories," it explains.