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What exactly is ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition all about? Designed with class and digital innovation, the ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition is an 180+ item immersive display of the brands artistic collaborations and creations over the last 160 years. This pop-up-like museum is set apart from the Louis Vuitton store on Rodeo Drive. The property the Exhibition sits on was purchased by LVMH for $245 Million in September 2018. LVMH is planning to turn this current two-story property into one of the most luxurious hotel brand’s in the world – Cheval Blanc. But in the mean time, while the Exhibition is around – here is a list of 7 things you can’t miss on your trip to the ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition:
1. The Digital Experience within the Rooms
Each room is themed to offer a unique experience of Louis Vuitton artifacts throughout time. The creativity behind the design of the rooms is awe-inspiring in itself. In typical museum fashion you will find information regarding all the artifacts on the walls while in a 21st century fashion you’ll find QR codes you can snap for an interactive experience–hello new Snapchat filter!
2. A Blast from the Past with Louis Vuitton Original Trunks & Window Display Sketches
Louis Vuitton launched in Paris in the year 1854 and just a few years after, Louis Vuitton himself launched the iconic flat-topped trunk. This trunk was revolutionary in a multitude of facets – the trianon canvas that was used to build the trunk allowed for it to be lightweight and airtight. The shape and the canvas also allowed the trunks to be stacked which was not possible previously with the rounded-top style that was the trend. You will find in one of the first rooms at the ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition samples of these trunks as well as sketches of window displays designed by Louis Vuitton’s Grandson, Gaston-Louis.
3. Celebrities, Red Carpet, and Louis Vuitton
One of the highly anticipated rooms in the Exhibition is the star-studded ‘Lights, Camera Action!’. It holds none-other than Louis Vuitton dresses designed by Nicolas Ghesquière for celebrities on the red carpet. Out of the 31 pieces in the collection, here are a few pieces to keep an eye out for:
- Taylor Swift’s 2016 Met Gala Dress
- Jennifer Connlley 2019 Met Gala Dress
- ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner 2019 Met Gala Ensemble
4. Brand Collaborations
Louis Vuitton is not one to be shy when it comes to collaborating with other brands and artists. As you venture through the various rooms, you’ll find brands and artists represented from all walks of life. You can anticipate reworked monogram pieces by some of the following artists: Karl Lagerfeld, Virgil Abloh, and one of my favorite collaborations displayed below by architect Zaha Hadid.
5. Artycapucine Collection
The Arytcapucine Collection is a take on the Capucine bag – named after the street on which Louis Vuitton opened its first store in Paris. The Capucine bag launched in 2013 and soon became a contemporary staple of the brand. In the spirit of collaboration, Louis Vuitton hired six artists to treat these bags like a canvas to launch The Artycapucine Collection. Only 300 of each design exist and you can find the Artycapucine Collection displayed at the ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition. These bags sold for $8,600 a piece and are currently being listed for $50,000 on stockx.
The six artists are as follows: Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self, and Jonas Wood.
6. Watch a Louis Vuitton Bag Get Built
Towards the end of the tour, prior to proceeding up the pink stairs to the shop – you can watch a Louis Vuitton artisan bring a bag to life. The artisan walks you through the process on how all the various nuts, bolts, hardware, canvases come together to make a statement LV bag.
7. The Shop
Proceed up the marvelous pink stairs–a design that will truly remain a statement from this Exhibition–into the Louis Vuitton Exhibition Shop. Here you will find unique pieces, books, leather goods, fragrances, clothing, decor, and more from the shop on the top floor, curated by Sarah Andelman.
If you have any questions throughout your time in the Exhibition, we found the staff members to be knowledgeable and open to telling you more about the artifacts. Depending on your level of interest in the museum, a typical trip can take anywhere between 30 mins to 1.5 hours.
You can attend the ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for free from now until September 15, 2019. Rumor has it that it may be traveling to another city after Los Angeles 😉
Louis Vuitton X
468 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Open from June 28th to September 15th, 2019
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm