Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton Summer 2012.Kusama welcomes a range of shoes, bags, accessories and apparel for Summer 2012 titled Infinitely Kusama. Launching July 10, and will be followed by a second collection in October, the artist joins the late Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami as one of only a few designers who have collaborated with Vuitton. From Sprouse's spray painted goods to anime action heros by Murakami, Kusama brings the dot in all sizes to her striking new line.
Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton’s creative director, first met Kusama at her Tokyo studio in 2006. The collection sprouted from a Vuitton bag she presented him that she customised herself. The line will be extensive – with dots covering everything from coats to shirts to pajamas to bags. It seems like a good match indeed – Vuitton is not much different from Kusama the way it splashes its logo across each bag."Her energy is just endless," Jacobs said in an interview with Vogue UK. "Through the painstaking sort of obsession in each of her canvasses and installations that she's created, you see this world that never ends. I guess that's what I admire and that's what I respond to in terms of feeling for her and for her work.""It continues something I began when I came here which is the idea of art and collaboration, or collaboration with artists. For many people who don't look at art or go to galleries, or maybe they're not aware of Kusama's work, there will be a new venue, a new place to see this work and to come to appreciate it through the eyes of Louis Vuitton."
The bags from the collection, which is officially entitled Infinitely Kusama, aren’t going to hit store shelves until October.