"Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs" is a story of two personalities and their contributions to the world of fashion: Louis Vuitton, founder of the House of Louis Vuitton in 1854, and Marc Jacobs, its artistic director since 1997. Two innovators, both rooted in their respective centuries, advanced an entire industry. Two creators, each in his own language, appropriated cultural codes and trends in order to shape the history of contemporary fashion.
More an invitation to analysis than a traditional restrospective, the parallel stories of Vuitton and Jacobs permit an in-depth look at the fashion industry during two decisive periods, one beginning with nineteenth-century industrialization and the other peaking in twenty-first-century globalization. Theirs is also a story of French craftsmanship, technological progress, stylistic creation, and artistic collaboration.
The exhibition space, designed by Gainsbury and Bennett, is spread over two floors, each devoted to one of the creators. Louis Vuitton's trunks will be shown with the museum's 19th-century fashion and accessory collection on the first floor, and a selection of Marc Jacob's most emblematic designs, retracing the last years of his career at Louis Vuitton will be shown on the second floor.