A modern and unexpected reinterpretation of a fashion show, a sneak peek behind the scenes, a journey into the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière. I’m a big fan of Nicolas Ghesquière’s work for Louis Vuitton. I love his latest collection. So you can imagine I was super happy when I received the invitation to visit the opening of the Louis Vuitton series 2 exhibition in Rome. Which was organized at Palazzo Ruspoli last Thursday.
I took the train in the early afternoon and arrived at 16 PM in Rome (it’s just a 3 hour train right away from Milan). If you follow me on Snapchat (Lindatol1) you might have seen what happened when I arrived in my hotel room. Louis Vuitton surprised me with 3 amazing gifts (Don’t worry if you don’t follow me on snapchat. I will show them to you through IG or lindatol.com soon!). After a quick shower and hair and make-up done by two amazing artist it was time to leave for the exhibition.
Louis Vuitton exceeded my expectations. I was hypnotized by the world of Vuitton after entering the first room. The exhibition is a promenade through different design themes and universes:
– Abstract Title: The LV logo. Originally the stamp used by House founder Louis Vuitton, who went into business as a trunk maker in 1854. The LV inside a circle was officially patented in 1908 by his grandson, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, and this logo appeared as a precious signature on the locks and metal closures of many trunks and suitcases. When Nicolas Ghesquière arrived at Louis Vuitton, he immediately immersed himself in the many facets of the House’s history, he plucked this detail from the archives and gave it a new life on his collection’s accessories.
– Talking Faces: This part of the exhibition allows you to experience the entrance scenography from Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2015 runway presentation.
– Magic Trunk: In this area, Louis Vuitton is represented by a trunk, the absolute symbol of the House’s journey from past to present. A repository of design stories and treasures both past and present, this magic trunk recounts in holograms the life of the House.
– Infinite show: this 360° projection room invites you to immerse yourself completely in Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2015 runway presentation.
– Backstage: 48 models. 25 make-up artists under Pat McGrath’s direction. 25 hairdressers under Paul Hanlon’s direction. 40 studio staff. 40 dressers. One designer: Nicolas Ghesquière. Jean Campbell who opened the show with an embroidered white vinyl crochet dress. I brought many backstage visits before the shows, but this was my first visit before a Vuitton show. It was impressive, amazing how they created the ‘real’ energy. The craziness, the hysteria.
– Savoir-Faire: Here you can experience how the iconic handbags are made.
– Accessories Gallery: One of my favorite areas of the exhibition. The white, clean room.The model Marte Mei van Haaster’s avatar printed in 3D all in white with accessories from the Spring-Summer 2015 collection. The accessories resonate with pieces from the Louis Vuitton archives.
– Poster Room: Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber, the “SERIES 2” advertising campaign for Spring-Summer 2015 carries forward the idea of allowing the three artists’ vocabularies to confront one another.
– Stickers Corridor: All the designs for this season prints printed on 13 different stickers! And you can take them home with you!!! I stickered my laptop, the result is super cool.
I hope I made you curious, you have to experience this by yourself!! The exhibition is organized at Palazzo Ruspoli from May 22th to June 7th, 2015!