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Seeing spots

July 17, 2012


For anyone passing by the Louis Vuitton store on 5th Avenue, you’ll probably have remarked the gigantic black dots covering the outside of the flagship.  No need to rub your eyes; you’re seeing clearly.  LV has gone totally spotty for it’s most recent fash-art collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.



Kusma, a quirky, 80-something with bright orange dutch-boy hair, was spotted (yes, pun intended) in the Big Apple last week for the unveiling of a psychedeilc window display introducing this meeting of traditional French luxury and Japanese craziness. 

Dots appear and reappear in Kusama’s work (the artistic personification of the splotchy hallucinations she’s suffered from since childhood) and are now bleeding, not only onto 5th Avenue architecture, but onto the bags and shoes and RTW pieces usually marked by the iconic intertwined L and V.  Brown and tan are, for a while, typical Kusama black, red, white, and yellow.



If you can’t manage a Kusama’ed accessory, check out her retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the pop-up store at the Louis Vuitton location in SoHo, or download the Kusama App, which transforms your photos into Kusama inspired dotty creations.

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