The French house showcases a mixture of artisanal and technological skill in its new show.
If you fancy stepping inside Nicolas Ghesquière's brain, head down to 180 Strand in London for Louis Vuitton's impressive showcase of the house's ideas, inspirations and skills in a new exhibition, Series 3. Vuitton has taken over the brutalist building and created a series of rooms that lend insight into everything that goes into its clothes, accessories and shows -- from hyper-precise leather laser cutting to the infinite skill of the human hand (artisans assemble La Petite Malle bag before your eyes). Ghesquière worked on the space with Es Devlin, the award winning stage designer who produced the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, is currently designing the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics and has collaborated with Kanye West on his tours since 2005.
Roam from dark rooms of quiet creativity to blinding white spaces that present accessories from the oldest LV trunks to the latest bags. Since the show is a way of bringing Louis Vuitton's Palm Springs show to life in London, there are references to the architecture Ghesquière was so drawn to in the modernism of the California desert town: the heavenly walk-in wardrobe with plush cream carpets and Perspex show boxes, as well as the seating that was used in the cruise collection show.
Much as you'll be transported to a Vuitton dream world, there is still plenty to bring the luxury house to the people, with a wall of free stickers and a poster from the room plastered with Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber pictures. Start monogramming and decorating with complimentary Louis Vuitton memorabilia!
Louis Vuitton Series 3 runs from September 21 - October 18.