Paying Tribute To Yamamoto
In Louis Vuitton’s 2018 cruise collection artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière paid tribute to emblematic Japanese designer and artist Kansai Yamamoto, famous for having made an extensive number of David Bowie’s costumes but also for the being the first Japanese designer to show in Paris and for reinventing the kimono in avant-garde form for a modern audience. Yamamoto especially created icons and symbols to decorate new accessories and leather goods.
The Setting Was Everything
Three-quarters of the Miho Museum, where the resort extravaganza was staged, is underground and was designed by I. M. Pei, the same architect who conceived the Louvre’s Grand Pyramid in Paris.
Hats Off To Haigh
Teenage boys the world over became obsessed with Louis Vuitton after the brand collaborated with street skate label Supreme for autumn/winter 2017. Street cred in the resort show came in the form of caps by New York-based designer Kristopher Haigh, founder of 1K.
A Kabuki Moment
Spot the Kabuki masks decorating everything from dresses to handbags and clutches, which hail from a long history in traditional Japanese theatre.
A Star-Studded Audience
600 people from 25 countries flew into Japan to watch the show at the Miho Museum, south-east of Kyoto, with 17 celebrities including Michelle Williams, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Connelly, and Elvis’s granddaughter Riley Keough. There were 55 looks in the collection and the show lasted exactly 17 minutes.
Ghesquière’s Japanese References
This collection was, in part, an homage to Japanese design by Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, who first visited Japan 20 years ago. There are references amongst the pieces to obi belts, samurai and ceremonial dress.