I’ve talked about it before, I’ve been disappointed by the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition. I had 2 days in Paris packed with appointments and shopping, and so I did it right after Helmut Newton, which was a huge mistake. I think that you need to process between 2 exhibitions otherwise you miss something.
It is set on 2 floors. You start with Louis Vuitton on the lower floor. It was the part I enjoyed more. The character behind that famous name is so little known today that I used to wonder if he was someone or just an alias. A little google search would have addressed the question, but I can be that lazy sometimes. You get an insight into ladies’ cabinet some 100 years ago and it’s captivating how different we are today. Louis Vuitton was an inventor foremost. Today, it seems obvious that a suitcase must protect our precious dresses from moist and water. It wasn’t back then and Louis Vuitton was the guy who invented the waterproof trunks. Counterfeit and copies were already a flea and so he introduced the damier with a ‘Marque L. Vuitton déposée’ (L. Vuitton Registered Trademark) stamped in the design. The Logo LV as we know it now was introduced later by his son Georges.
Take the stairs up to Marc Jacobs to find out collections of images that anyone can find on the Internet. The only thing truly unique there were a
advertising wall of bags spanning 10 years of Jacobs at Louis Vuitton (but not that different from a LV retail store). Otherwise, there’s very little about Jacobs’ work. I would expect having the nitty gritty of at least one collection, drowning in his atelier and watching some videos of his thoughts of the creative process or a day at work. I think the guy is creative and smart, but the exhibition doesn’t give him the credit he deserves.
I’d encourage to attend. But honestly, it’s worth half its price: €4.75 for the first floor.
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Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
9 Mar – 16 Sep 2012