An exhibition that charts the history of the Louis Vuitton company has recently opened in Paris.
It begins by juxtaposing portraits of Louis Viutton and Marc Jacobs , both sporting moustaches as dictated by the trends of their age, going on to display how the company has evolved, from exhibits of turn-of-the-century dresses to bags sprayed with 21st century graffiti.
Despite the two designers working in different centuries the exhibition, which is at Musée Les Arts Décoratifs until September, draws on many similarities between them. The story began for Louis Vuitton as a trunk-packer for rich Parisians, where he built on the knowledge gained on this job finally opening his own house in 1854.
At which time the Orient Express was new and fashionable, the rise of haute couture often meaning that the well dressed women went on trips with so many clothes needing up to a phenomenal 30 cases for one trip. Bringing the story full circle the Marc Jacobs fall-winter runway show featured models in Edwardian hats exiting a reconstructed train that could have been the turn-of-the-century Orient Express.
F/W, ready-to-wear ’13 Paris Fashion Week (Jacques Brinon – AP)
Despite the fashionable echo the designer remarked “Whatever you try, clothes never really can live in the past. They are worn now so they are modern, with a modern take. I’m not nostalgic.’’
The exhibit “Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs’’ runs March 9-Sept. 16 at Musée Les Arts Décoratifs. A perfectly good excuse to visit Paris in the springtime, or summertime!