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Fashion and art make a perfect pair in Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Italian design atelier Fornasetti for fall/winter 2021

Leave it to Louis Vuitton to bring us one of the most highbrow collaborations for fall/winter 2021. Partnering with Italian design atelier Fornasetti, Nicholas Ghesquière explored the atelier’s rich archives in Milan and featured specific Fornasetti themes and artworks, selected by Ghesquière along with Barnaba Fornasetti, the artistic director of the Fornasetti atelier. 

This electric collaboration fit perfectly into Ghesquière’s time-bending oeuvre at the French luxury house, turning the FW21 ready-to-wear collection into moving works of art. Think: velvet dresses and printed jersey tops with Fornasetti drawings of ancient statues; as well as oversize outerwear and tailored pieces that feature the Fornasetti print both in a stamp-inspired version and a gold, coated version.

“With this collaboration, I wanted to use the pieces to evoke the continuing modernity of Fornasetti’s artistic world,” says Nicolas Ghesquière. “Fornasetti’s enduring body of work is the realisation of a remarkable hand-drawn technique and magical take on the world, and I am particularly drawn to the way Fornasetti re-explored and reworked the heritage of classicism and ancient Rome, adding new references to historical imagery.”

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Ghesquière’s approach extended to the bags and accessories of the FW21 collection too. The stamp-inspired Fornasetti print was used on several key bags, while other Fornasetti drawings of statues and buildings were turned into trompe l‘oeil designs for crossbody bags, clutches and even the house’s iconic Petit Malle.

“As a designer who has always loved fashion’s ability to evoke the past, present and future simultaneously, I wanted to add new layers to this creative palimpsest. Exploring the Fornasetti archives had the excitement of an archaeological dig, searching for and finding drawings from the past to give them a new life for Louis Vuitton—for now and the future,” the designer added.

Here, take a look at our top picks from the Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti collaboration.

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