Many brands have tried out the designer-artists collaboration, but only Louis Vuitton has it down to a science (and an extremely profitable one at that). Even casual fashion watchers know the names of the artists that Vuitton has brought on – Stephen Sprouse, anyone? Takashi Murakami, does that ring a bell? Vuitton announced earlier this week that it’s about to make another artist a household fashion name – Yayoi Kusama, an 82-year-old Japanese visual artist known for her love of dots.

Kusama is well known in the contemporary art world, but her name may be new to accessories lovers. Fret not, we’ve assembled a few samples of her work after the jump, and her bold, graphic aesthetic seems perfect for a Vuitton collaboration. Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton will include ready-to-wear, handbags, accessories, shoes, watches and jewelry, and it will bow with special fancy-pants window displays in early July.










  • Alexandra Davidoff

    Makes me dizzy……..

  • J Umm

    this is going to be interesting
    STYLE DECORUM

    • Stacy F.

      I was about to say the same exact thing, you beat me to it. :)

  • lintmag

    Hmm…this could go either way. I do love dots, but not so keen on rainbow anything in accessories. I must say that Louis V has the best window displays of any multi-store company for the last few years. They are outstanding in quality and execution so I look forward to this collaboration.
    Now if I could only afford the stuff!

    • pixiegirl

      I was thinking the same thing. It could either be awesome or be very overwhelming.

  • LVfreak

    Dots are just cherries without the stems!

  • edoardo

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the results!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Sandra Rowley

    It looks perfect for window displays…a little much for clothing….but perhaps wonderful on a handbag if done correctly. If anyone can pull this off it is Marc Jacobs.

  • Jacqueline Suzanne

    I am more of a classic/simple sort of person..do not like colorful anything on my bags!!!

  • 19yearslater

    I think this will be awesome. The graffiti and roses of Sprouse on LV are iconic, so I think another over-the-top artist will be the perfect collaborator.

  • Lulu

    OMG!!!!!! I LOVE Yayoi Kusama’s work! Am so excited to see what they’ll come up with!

  • Erika

    I feel so thrill to know this exciting collaboration. Must start save up some money!!!
    Btw, I have purchased a bag from Salvatore Ferragamo, and it has lots of dots but loving it. I think it was Kusama’s first collaboration with the fashion house company. Most of this collaboration pieces were only black and white dot. I guess that was reason I have decided to get one for myself. And of course, I love her work!!!

  • Melissa

    I have such high hopes for this collabo. I feel like its been in the works for years since she was featured in the Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton documentary. Can’t wait!

  • QQ

    omg omg
    i can’t wait!

    i have never really wanted an LV before (except for the Sofia Coppola ones and I can’t afford those) but this might change everything. I love Yayoi Kusama!