Volez, Voguez, Voyagez with Louis Vuitton
Nothing makes me happier than travel. And nothing describes “travel” better than the legendary pieces perfect for a traveler than the history of one of the most loved brands in the fashion world.
Louis Vuitton will celebrate “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” at the Grand Palais from 4th December 2015 till 21st February 2016. Curated by Olivier Saillard, this exhibition retraces Louis Vuitton’s great journey from 1854 till today, through depictions of the Maison’s founding members and those who create the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.
Flat trunks, wardrobe trunks, secretary trunks, vanity cases, hat bags, music cabinets or even foldable beds, streamer trunks, car or Aero trunks — all reflect a specific means of transportation, thereby refining the art of travel. The exhibition, which covers more than 160 years of success of Louis Vuitton brand, doesn’t intend to solely focus on the chronology of events and the inventions that marked the early years of the Vuitton business. It follows, however, the advent of each means of transportation that would bear the Louis Vuitton insignia, whether in automobiles, on trains, planes, or steamers, and now in the tremendous imagination and presentation of fashion, where everyone is a passenger.
Pieces to notice: a special large-scale trunk allowing René Gimpel to carry his canvases safely from Paris to London or New York (1927), some impressive trunks belonging to Gaston-Louis Vuitton (1906), a huge medical cabinet in natural cowhide leather ordered by Damien Hirst, a specially created case in white Épi leather designed to hold a Stradivarius violin, surrounded by a visual symphony including a DJ Box in Monogram canvas, designed by Helmut Lang, a late 19th century violin case, a conductors’ Baton trunk containing the precious implements belonging to Mozart and Beethoven.
The exhibition “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” may be seen at the Grand Palais (www.grandpalais.fr) from 4th December 2015 till 21st February 2016 (www.louisvuitton.com)
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