If you saw a picture of Louis Vuitton, would you recognize the subject of the image? I’m not referring to a dress, a pair of shoes, or piece of luggage. I mean the man. For those of us who consider ourselves in the know when it comes to fashion, or even care a little about today’s trends, it’s easy to follow your favorite designer on social media or by frequenting sites like Vogue and BoF.
But on Thursday (May 17), when I hit the U.S. debut of Louis Vuitton’s Time Capsule exhibition in Los Angeles at the Westfield Century City atrium, I got a chance to not only be educated a bit about the Frenchman whose LV logo is synonymous with excellence, but to actually see his face and learn about his couture house’s history.
I didn’t know LV was the first to put wheels on luggage, or that the brand was among the first to make flat-topped trunks that could be stacked upon (curved tops are great for rainwater run-off, but that’s about it). I didn’t know that Vuitton was born in 1821 and grew a gnarly mustache. I didn’t know the depth LV has dug trying to beautify so many parts of our day-to-day lives.
You a traveler? Here’s a sexy-ass duffle bag. Tuckered out from brutal travels, but there’s no spot to rest your weary body in sight? Peep a vintage trunk with a built-in bed. Did you love music in the early ‘80s? LV had a fresh monogrammed box that stored 10 cassettes. Need a gown for a huge party? No prob’. Here’s the one-shoulder, embroidered lace evening look Emma Stone wore to the Golden Globes earlier this year, expertly crafted by current Women’s Artistic Director Nicolas Ghesquière’s gifted hands.
Love art? Both Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami have shared and paired their aesthetics with LV. Speaking of coveted collaborations, pieces from punk icon Stephen Sprouse and streetwear brand Supreme also hold spots at the showing.
Louis Vuitton has accomplished a lot since its 1854 start. That’s over 160 years of sartorial excellence. The Time Capsule exhibition officially opens today (May 18) and runs through June 10, 2018. I suggest you make that trip and witness the glory. As LV prepares for its next era with newly appointed Men’s Director Virgil Abloh at the helm (his first show is weeks away in June), it’s a good idea to see where they’ve been before finding out where they’re going.