If you live in London or in the surrounding area and you haven’t yet been to this (FREE!) exhibition, I literally don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. A truly revolutionary exhibition, it offers an amazing insight into the making of a real-life fashion show – so much so that you feel like you’re practically there.
On the Louis Vuitton website, it is advertised as a “modern and unexpected reinterpretation of a fashion show.” Set over several floors, there is plenty to see, and it’s certainly aesthetically pleasing.
A skeletal example of one dome, refracting light from various spotlights into the otherwise dark room, opens the exhibition; then visitors travel down a futuristic tunnel into the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière.
The exhibition aims to cover the “before, during and after” parts of planning at putting together Ghesquière’s fall collection. In one room, it is possible to see artisans from Vuitton engaging, live, in assembling Ghesquière’s famed miniature trunk bags.
Perhaps the focal point of the exhibition is a room with various hanging screens displaying videos of the fall collection. The large-screen projection really enables you to see every little detail of Ghesquière’s work.
In general, the show is very much an Eighties revival. We see prominent shoulder pads and sparkling metallics, coupled with chest cut-outs, and a whole lot of leather.
However, Ghesquière explained the trends running through the show were four fold:
- Celebrating the check design which had been around in Louis Vuitton since the 1800s and as is found on the statement trunks
- Masculinity: the trouser suit, and a nod towards power dressing
- East to West: the prominence of kimono-inspired fashion and Chinese-inspired dresses
- Arctic, as a nod to the coming winter: as is seen on perhaps my favourite piece, the yeti coat.
Next was the “accessories room”: a room of pure white, with blank, naked white mannequins adorned only with handbags, or shoes, or the occasional scarf. It was here that one of the first Louis Vuitton trunks ever made was displayed, custom-made for “Miss France”…
The culmination of the exhibition, and certainly my favourite room, was the final room, in which actual pieces from the exhibition were displayed in glass cabinets, which you were allowed to open and actually touch the items!
It was a truly amazing experience, and I hope you all managed to go – because, sadly, the show’s about to pack up and move to Singapore, so unless you live there…
A refreshing take on fall fashion, this was an event not to be missed.