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July 11, 2012  | by: Amanda Jones

Yayoi Kusama

Marc Jacobs, creative director of Louis Vuitton, will be working with Yayoi Kusama to create a retrospective collection that will be available in a pop-up shop in Soho. Sounds cool, but who is she? Well I didn’t quite know either, so I did a bit of research.

Yayoi Kasuma is a Japanese artist who, at 83 years old, has been around in the art scene for a long time. She’s well known for her whimsical dot motif, even her website is covered in them, and in the 60s and 70s was a major influence in the pop art and feminist art scenes. This makes the fact that Jacobs is working with her even better. She’s practically a living legend as a lot of those big time artists, i.e. Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, have passed away. Her work is…well it’s mesmerizing to be honest. I am just so fascinated by her fascination with polka dots. It sounds a bit silly until you really look at her art. It’s like this has become an obsessive compulsion of hers to create new dot patterns. It’s quite amazing. I’m glad I’ve found out about her, because now I can follow her work.

Thursday a retrospective of Kusama’s work opens at New York’s Whitney Museum, and today the collection infused with her signature decoration hits stores in the US. It will be in stores internationally on July 19. That’s no coincidence either. T Magazine says the idea of releasing the collection days before the opening is so visitors can dress in Kusama’s new line of clothing and accessories, in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, including dresses, pants, tops, scarves, bags, shoes, sunglasses and a watch, all in her now widely recognized signature dots. The exhibit should be covered in dots too. Sounds dizzying.

Kusama's Collection

 Another assortment of products, combining Vuitton’s monogram leather goods and Kusama’s “nerves” design, will arrive in October. According to Samantha Critchell, in honor of the new products, Louis Vuitton created a splashy display for the brand’s flagship Manhattan store on Fifth Avenue that pays homage to three Kusama motifs: “Beginning of the Universe,” “Eternal Blooming Flowers in My Mind” and “Self-Obliteration.” The building facade is wrapped in a pattern of dots.

 Jacobs says, “Her energy is just endless. For many people who don’t look at art or go to galleries, or maybe they’re not aware of Kusama’s work, there will be a new venue, a new place to see this work and to come to appreciate it through the eyes of Louis Vuitton.”Star Tribune predicts it will be a success like the last similar collaboration: “A decade ago, Jacobs and Louis Vuitton had great success collaborating with Japanese designer Takashi Murakami on a series of pop-art products that became instant must-haves among the fashion crowd and spawned a seemingly infinite number of mass-market items covered in similar-style rainbow-colored monograms and logos.”

To check out a full gallery of the collection, click here. Below is a short video of her work:

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