Leading fashion designers and Japanese visual artists have been collaborating in a series of works for a long time. Their interaction not only brings mutual inspiration but also has promoted the long love relationship between fashion and art in on of the most creative capitals of the world.
One of the leaders in these artist+designer collaborations is Marc Jacobs. In 2002, he teamed up with Takashi Murakami to re-interpret the iconic “LV” with bright colors, friendly flowers, and cartoon eyeballs. The partnership was a huge success and became an instant must-have among the fashion crowd.
Last year Marc Jacobs invited the legendary Yayoi Kusama as the company collaborator for the creation of “Infinity Kusama”. The theme was graphic polka dots — Yayoi’s signature work— and it was offered in a series of sizes and colors. LV around the world featured window installations specially designed to mark this collaboration. These are photos I took in Tokyo and SF.
Also, in 2012, super chic Hermès and Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (one of my favorite artists) teamed up to create limited edition silk scarves inspired by his “Colors of Shadow” project. The artist and Hermès creative director selected 20 of Sugimoto’s Polaroids depicting color gradations, and printed them by ink-jet on silk twill. The scarves as well as Sugimoto’s Polaroids were shown at the Museum der Kulturen during last year’s Art Basel.
Last but not least, Comme Des Garçons launched last December its new line “Holiday explosion by Taro Okamoto” featuring works of late avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto. Comme Des Garçons selected Taro’s famous oil painting “Myth of Tomorrow” to commemorate his work and pay tribute to his great artistic career. The limited-edition products included clothes, sneakers, bags, notebooks, watches and home ware products.
May this love last forever! ♥♥♥