See the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition during London Fashion Week SS16 with our step by step guide.
Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition Review
Louis Vuitton has a long history as a luxury luggage creator. They have also become renowned for their ready-to-wear collections.
This London Fashion Week they have now offered an amazing insight into the many working parts of their fashion house. Louis Vuitton Series 3: Past, Present, Future is all about bringing the creative process and workmanship to the fore.
Part of the appeal of luxury fashion is the sheer ingenuity and technical skills that go into creating these beautiful items. Now you can see it for yourself. We did and here's our insight into the exhibition.
Coming from The Strand you walk into a dark space through to a white tunnel. From darkness to light, you are birthed into the exhibition.
You then meet the beautiful trunk filled with Artistic Director, Nicolas Ghesquière’s inspirations. You experience his creative process through an exquisite Louis Vuitton piece. It's the chicken and the egg.
The immersive space and experience articulates, “A thousand movements must come together to create each piece.”
The exhibition moves into a small room of mirrors where each surface reflects back on itself highlighting the brands longevity and heritage. There's a sense of infinite movement just like the work on the accessories.
Long screens then incorporate the AW15 ready-to-wear collections showing the catwalk as a point of creativity and fashion in motion. Whereas, amazingly accurate lasers impress the future and evolution of production.
The workshop is a bite-size insight to the Louis Vuitton atelier where 200 artisans uphold the tradition and craftsmanship of the brand. Watching their work in real-time brings you back to the minute details that make luxury fashion covetable.
Painted white models focus the eye further on the accessories they're adorned with. The contrast proves the impact these creations have in a full ensemble.
The explorer's cantine trunk was created in metal for shock resistance and hermetically sealed. It's the perfect mix of practicality and high fashion.
Whereas, the men's black hat box is from 1900 and was ingeniously designed to protect the fragile accessories. Four men's hats can fit inside: one in silk, a round hat, a straw hat, baseball cap or opera hat.
Compare this to the AW15 range which saw the iconic trunks downsized to handbags. The details show how much work the atelier faced with wonderful results.
Finally, you are invited to discover the latest collection through accessories and garments coming directly from the last catwalk. There's also added pieces like this cherry on the ice bag made just for the exhibition.
The history in Louis Vuitton Series 3 informs the present and the development of their aesthetic and skills. Although, there's very much a sense of Nicolas Ghesquière and his involvement with Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton CEO, Michael Burke told Vogue, “This isn't about celebrating the heritage of Louis Vuitton - we've done that and we do that, but it's not what this exhibition is about.”
He added, “And it's certainly not a retrospective for Nicolas, he's just getting started. This is about the relationship between the clients and the house.
“The show is so short, and no matter how many people we allow in, no more than 1,000 people are going to see it. Even with livestream, there's no way for enough people to be able to experience it the way we want them to, and that's where the exhibition comes in.”