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{news} “Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs: The Exhibition”

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Paris Fashion Week ended last night with a grand party, attended by the most star-studded guestlist from the fashion week parties yet: The Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs exhibition opening at the Les Arts Décoratifs wing of the Louvre. Marc Jacobs arrived in a  pink polo dress and his signature bejeweled square-toe loafers {yes pink as cotton candy}. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristen Stewart and Sarah Jessica Parker joined the designer, along with supermodel of the moment Karlie Kloss and Gleek Dianna Agron.
“Conceived as a tale of two men, the multimedia exhibition examines fascinating, vastly different periods in the fashion industry: the 19th-century world of steamer trunks inhabited by founder Louis Vuitton, and the razzle-dazzle global business energized with potent seasonal fashion shows by Marc Jacobs, Vuitton’s artistic director since 1997,” WWD reports. The exhibition runs through Sept. 16.
Along the way, visitors to the “Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs” show at Les Arts Décoratifs get a vivid taste of how a luxury brand is born and transformed for the modern age. The first floor of the sprawling exhibition brings to life that genteel period, when well-to-do women would change dresses up to seven times a day and require dozens of trunks for a long voyage. Besides plenty of trunks — including the first one to bear the house’s now famous monogram, produced in 1896 as an homage by Georges Vuitton to his late father — such artifacts as order ledgers and product catalogues, another Vuitton innovation, are displayed.
As visitors climb the stairs to learn about the Jacobs era, the ambience and set design change dramatically. A wall of backlit images and videos, and snippets of the “South Park” theme, announce the fast-moving, cacophonous world of Jacobs, a street-smart New Yorker enlisted to launch Vuitton into the world of ready-to-wear and fashion accessories .Pamela Golbin, the curator, said that the idea was to contrast the work of the two men as it related to the great cultural shifts of their times. 

The exhibition closes on a riotous note, winking at Jacobs’ stature as a pop-culture icon with a miniature version of the designer, dressed in tiny, bespoke versions of the clothes he usually wears: a white Dior Homme shirt, a black Comme des Garçons kilt and Prada shoes. What, no Vuitton? “I do have a Vuitton bag. They made me a miniature crocodile Lockit bag,” Jacobs said. “It’s hysterical.”
Wish you were in Paris? Me too!!!

{Source WWD.com}

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