How 6 Creatives Left Their Mark On The Iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram
To celebrate the icon that is the Louis Vuitton monogram, 6 renowned creative designers were given free rein to lend their personal touch on a bag or a piece of luggage, in their translation of the brand’s spirit of innovation, collaboration and audacity.
The elegant pattern of flowers and intertwining initials were a revolution to the fashion world. In an homage to Louis Vuitton’s 160 years of history and remarkable design, a travelling Time Capsule went on a world tour, with a Suria KLCC stopover, unveiling precious pieces from the archives. To commemorate the brand’s adventure of breakthroughs, we explore how iconoclasts Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo lent their individualistic style on their creation of choice.
Christian Louboutin made his trademark red sole a symbol of seduction around the world. In his collaboration with the monogram, he captures his connection with his native city of Paris in this ‘Shopping Bag’ collection that incorporates chic Parisian styles.
Dubbed the greatest female artist alive, Cindy Sherman looked to vintage Louis Vuitton trunks for inspiration for her creation. Largely known as an image-maker since the mid 1970s, she created a messenger bag which includes9 embroidered vintage patches from the artist’s own designs.
Going beyond existing ideas of structural definition, Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design is unique to the artist. He created an iconic monogram piece that is a well-crafted twisted box silhouette with a loop handle and gold-tone hardware, which reflects his craftsmanship in architecture and design.
As a fashion designer and creative director, Karl Lagerfeld has redefined fashion with perpetual reinvention and constant evolution. It comes as no surprise that he was among the most outrageous of the six iconoclasts, with his line-up of creations. The collaboration included a full-size punching bag, complete with a storage trunk, a stand, a mat and boxing gloves.
Initially studying sculpture and jewellery design before being self-taught in industrial design, Marc Newson contributed to his version by embracing a distinctly personal design signature with his Fleece Pack backpack.
Rei Kawakubo believes that there are no limits to creativity in fashion. She is renowned for breaking traditions and pushing the limits of design, which is what she tried to do with her interpretation of the monogram bag.
Take a walk down Louis Vuitton's 160-year memory lane within a travelling Time Capsule exhibition at the Esplanade in KLCC Park, from now through July 31, 2019. Don’t miss it!
- PhotographyLouis Vuitton