Wearing: Zara top & pants | Nasty Gal harness (50% off right now!) | JustFab booties [First pair is $15! Mine are sold out 😦 ] | Ann Taylor bag
The Louis Vuitton exhibition in New York City is a must see if you happen to be in the City between now and January 7th 2018! The exhibition is hosted within the American Stock Exchange Building in FIDI (financial district) 86 Trinity Place to be exact and the best part is that it’s free and open to the public!
As told on the House’s website, the exhibition retraces the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. A story told through the portraits of its founders, as well as those who today are inventing the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.
This historic journey, designed by Robert Carsen, is divided into ten chapters, one of which is entirely devoted to the United States of America and New York City. The tour opens with the most symbolic object of the House: the trunk, a model fashioned with contemporary flair, embodying the iconic hallmarks and bold spirit of Louis Vuitton. The exhibition features objects and documents from the Louis Vuitton heritage archives, as well as select articles on loan from the Palais Galliera and the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The exhibition concludes with a display devoted to the savoir-faire of the artisans in the Louis Vuitton workshops.
A dear friend of mine who works for the exhibition invited me along for a guided tour with an extremely knowledgeable docent. She narrated for us the brand’s 160-year history of trunks and travel items. Many rooms are themed after different modes of transportation. The House of Louis Vuitton innovatively created trunks, hand bags, and luggage for every new travel invention. One of the first rooms displays a soaring sailboat mast and endless ocean backdrops to portray the luggage used when traveling by boat. The room is filled with variations on the steamer bag, which was originally intended for dirty laundry. For any LV lover that knows the steamer bag knows that everything started with this bag. The aviation room is where I learned that the iconic LV logo was not created by Louis Vuitton, but by his grandson Gaston-Louis as an ode to his grandfather in 1896. I was also shocked when I was informed that the checkered, damier print came before the LV logo. Following the aviation room is one that is modeled after the Orient Express. They did an incredible job making any viewer feel like they were a traveler on board. As the masses started to travel across the country by railroad the House began to design bags, trunks of various sizes, and hat boxes that fit perfectly above or below the passengers seat. I also loved the display of stickers from Gaston-Louis’ personal travels around the world.
Another addition to the New York exhibition is the celebrity style room, featuring “the most famous” outfits worn on the red carpet and the runway by celebrities throughout the Marc Jacobs and Nicolas Ghesquière years. Selections include Madonna’s 2009 Met Gala dress, Julianne Moore’s 2014 Cannes Film Festival gown, Nicole Kidman’s 2015 Oscars gown, Alicia Vikander’s 2016 Oscars gown, Taylor Swift’s 2016 Met Gala cocktail dress and Ruth Negga’s 2017 Golden Globes gown. Stephen Sprouse graffiti dominates the walls surrounding a large screen showing the dresses in their runway and red-carpet glory.
I cannot recommend this exhibition enough! It is the perfect place to take in some fashion history all while window shopping to the next level. SO, get there before January 7th!