Monday, 16 April 2012

Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton Exhibition in Paris and Rizzoli Book! Xx

So we went to see the Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs Exhibition 
in the Musee Les Arts Decoratifs on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris 
and it is truly spectacular both for the history, invention and brilliance 
of the Man Louis Vuitton himself which we see on the first floor, 
and the evidence of the pure Creative Genius 
of Marc Jacobs that we see on the Second.

Outside the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition
107 Rue de Rivoli Paris

What I loved most is the audio visual exhibition of 
Marc's Creative inspirations that you see as soon as you 
climb the stairs to his part of the exhibition. 
 You see walls of mood board type moving image and still image
black and white and colour framed on Black perspex walls.

There is Dorothy clicking together her sparkly red shoes in Wizard of Oz

Marilyn Monroe in  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953- 
dancing in the red sequinned dress with Jane Russell

Some Like it Hot scenes with Marilyn walking along the train Platform with 
her luggage reminding us of the Louis Vuitton AW12 show.

Images are here from How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn,
 Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall
 Liza Minelli is here of course among others - too many to mention,
you must go and see the show for yourself.

There is the scene from Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Limited (I love that film)
where Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody run to catch a train leaving their luggage behind
check the trailer here - brilliant film

In the second of these films Pamela Golbin,
the Curator of the Exhibition talks about the 
three elements that have established Louis Vuitton:
'Perfection, Innovation and Pushing Creativity'
and Marc Jacobs talks about Louis Vuitton Luggage having always been a 
'luxury product, a skill and a craft' with 'savoir faire' and how he always 
designs with that in mind to stay 'in line with how Vuitton should be'.

There is a selection of the best of the Louis Vuitton bags 
exhibited in giant cupcake cases

 and shoes on a clockwork leg display.
It is great to see the retrospective of 15 years of Marc Jacobs
Louis Vuitton Design.

Nurses du Défilé Femme SS 2008 carrying bags from the 
Jokes Monogram line by Richard Prince. 

Right at the end of the Exhibition after the Richard Prince Nurses there 
is fabulous small model of Marc dressed in white shirt and 
navy skort, black alligator bag and
sparkling diamond earrings with a golden plaque that says 'Bye Guys'

Musee Les Arts Decoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris >phone +33 01 44 55 57 50 
Métro: Palais-Royal, Pyramides, Tuileries 
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm 
(Late opening Thursday until 9pm: Temporary exhibitions and jewellery gallery only) 
 Full rate: 9.5 €  Reduced rate: 8 €

Rue De Rivoli, Paris

Art Nouveau Metro Exit on Rue de Rivoli

Outside Les Arts Decoratifs on Rue Rivoli Paris

The Book

from Amazon

Hardcover / 10” x 11.5” / 324 pages / 300 Colour illustrations 
/ £47.50 / Rizzoli New York
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3757-1

This publication, created to accompany an exhibition 
at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris
 which will run from March 9 to September 16, 2012, 
presents the roles two men,
 over a century apart, have played in turning a small carriage trade workshop
 in nineteenth-century Paris into one of the twenty-first-century’s 
most successful and recognized global luxury brands. 

Known for both craftsmanship and must-have high design, 
the luxury house Louis Vuitton
 was started by its eponymous founder in 1854. 
The first half of this publication traces
 the innovations by Monsieur Vuitton, 
who turned the little-known guild profession of emballeur (packer) 
into the foremost luxury trunk-making workshop in Paris,
 with a clientele that included, in his lifetime, 
the French nobility as well as the elite of a prosperous empire.
 Exceptional examples of Vuitton’s innovations, 
along with the timely fashions that were packed into them, 
are the highlights of these chapters.

The second half of the book examines the role of Marc Jacobs, 
who has been 
Louis Vuitton’s creative director since 1997, 
and how he took the house into a new era
 with a series of innovative collaborations with artists and designers such as
 Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and Stephen Sprouse, 
in addition to designing ready-to-wear 
passionately coveted by fashionistas the world over.

By examining two divergent but often similar careers 
one hundred years apart,
 Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs is not only a layered study 
of the evolution of a luxury brand
 in the past 150 years, 
but also a celebration of technical and 
design innovations in the new century.

About the Editor and Contributors: 
Pamela Golbin is the chief curator of twentieth-century
 and contemporary fashion and textiles at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. 
She is also the author of 
Madeleine Vionnet and Valentino: Themes and Variations, 
both published by Rizzoli.
  Preface by Yves Carcelle, President of Louis Vuitton.  
Preface by Helene David-Weill, President of Les Arts Décoratifs, 
and Beatrice Salmon, Director of Les Arts Décoratifs.
Texts by Veronique Belloir, Denis Bruna, Jo-Ann Furniss,
Pamela Golbin, Eric Pujalet-Plaa, Delphine Saurat, 
and Francoise Tetart-Vittu.  
 Interviews of Marc Jacobs 
and members of the Louis Vuitton design team by Murray Healy.

A French edition will be available in France and at the Museum (55 €)

and a limited edition of the book with a special slipcase, 

available in French and English, 

will be sold exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores and 

on ($100. U.S., 80.00 €)

Louis Vuitton c 1870

Marc Jacobs Naomi Jean Paul Goude Portrait

Until next time J Xx

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