Fashion and art have had dalliances that go all the way back to say, the ’30s, with Elsa Schiaparelli’s infamous Lobster Dress – said crustacean motif courtesy of surrealist icon Salvador Dali. But it would be Louis Vuitton arguably, that popularised such collaborations, beginning with the tapping of graffiti artist and designer Stephen Sprouse in 2001, followed by a slew of other art titans such as Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Cindy Sherman and more recently, Jeff Koons.
Louis Vuitton’s latest foray into the art world comes in the form of a limited-edition collection titled ArtyCapucines, in which the French maison’s elegant Capucines bag gets re-interpreted by six leading artists – Tschabalala Self, Urs Fischer, Jonas Wood, Alex Israel, Sam Falls and Nicholas Hlobo. It’s quite a refreshing approach as most of the group are relatively established or rising artists to watch out for but who have not (yet) become household names.
Perhaps our favourite: Swiss artist Urs Fischer, best-known for his unconventional sculptures (think life-sized candles modelled after real people), produced the most witty interpretation of the Capucines – the bag comes with a set of six fruits and vegetables charms that can be switched up according to your fancy. Affix each charm to the bag via a fine gold chain. Each design ($12,000) comes in a limited-edition run of 300 pieces and will be available for order come June 25.