French fashion house Louis Vuitton have released their collaboration with Jeff Koons, which celebrates the Masters of art from history. Koons has been known throughout his career for his ‘gazing ball’ paintings, which are re-mastered versions of the classics. One of Koons’ famous original works, Balloon Dog (Orange) broke the world record at auction for a piece of artwork sold by a living artist, at $58 million.
The luxury brands’ website describes the new collaboration as remixing ‘the iconic artworks of the old masters and presents them in a way that encourages new interpretations.’ The artists that have been represented in the collection include Rubens, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Titian and Fragonard.
The paintings have been added to classic Louis Vuitton shapes, so customers can still purchase this collection in all the LV favourites including the Neverfull, Montaigne MM and a clutch with a chain strap. This also means the price point varies, so a wider range of loyal followers can get their hands on these limited edition pieces. Alongside the bags, Louis Vuitton are selling signature bag charms in the style of Koons’ signature rabbit, which has been the subject of many of his works of art. So even if you can’t afford to take away one of the stunning bags, it is still possible to purchase a small part of this exciting collection.
In an interview with Koons, he says that for this collection he wanted to create bags that were pieces of art in themselves, which has definitely proven successful. The names of each artist are featured across the front of the bags, in reflective mirrored letters which he says is the ‘gazing ball’ of the bag’s design. The signature Louis Vuitton logo has also been redone in his own initials, and he has reworked the monogram details on the bags so that it is less frequent, which he believes enhances it. Each painting has been given a pop of colour which compliments the painting, and this has been used for the leather trims and handles of the bags.
The full collection can be seen on the Louis Vuitton website now.