Louis Vuitton & Marc Jacobs @ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Ever since seeing pictures of the current Louis Vuitton exhibition in Paris I just knew I had to go when I visited the city this Summer. While I have never been a huge fan of the brand, the images of the staging of the show were flawless and I have always been a huge lover of fashion.

The show gives a comparison between Louis Vuitton, who created the brand in 1854 and it’s first and only artistic director, the incumbent Marc Jacobs. From the first Louis Vuitton trunk to Kate Moss smoking her way down the catwalk the exhibition shows both designers’ contributions to the fashion world.

A floor has been given to both Jacobs and Vuitton, beginning with industrialisation and transcending into the globalisation of fashion. On the lower level we see the development on the very first cases and cloth dresses before the infamous LV logo before we are given the explanation behind the monogram. We are then lead upstairs and greeted by a floor-to-ceiling moodboard of videos and photos – we have moved from the 19th to the 21st century and it is oh so colourful. This is what I found most impressive, not the clothes but the mannequins used to display them. This era has been embellished with balloon head mannequins – which look as if they were created by Jeff Koons, while others have the heads of animals, from alligators to dogs.

For anyone who loves fashion and has the opportunity to visit Paris this exhibition is a must! The curation is stunning – a masterpiece in itself – whether you are a fan of Louis Vuitton or not, it is sure to put a smile on your face.

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs is on display at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris until September 16th

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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