|Louis Vuitton Fifth Avenue flagship store with David Byrne-designed shoe bike rack in the foreground|
Louis Vuitton has created splashy facade and window displays for the flagship Manhattan store on Fifth Avenue in honor of the brand's collaboration with celebrated Japanese artist and "Princess of Polka Dots", Yayoi Kusama. The building facade at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street is wrapped in a pattern of black dots in different sizes on a white background. The window displays have three Kusama motifs: “Beginning of the Universe,” ‘’Eternal Blooming Flowers in My Mind” and “Self-Obliteration.” Recently, Louis Vuitton formally unveiled a new collection created in collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton creative director, Marc Jacobs. The theme is bold, graphic polka dots — a signature of the artist — offered in a frenzied series of sizes and colors. The polka dots appear in many items including shoes, handbags, shirts, skirts, sunglasses and accessories. The product launch and building installation coincides with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new retrospective exhibition of Kusama’s work (see previous post).