Fashion has been looking East. Last month, Dior held a special show in Tokyo, inspired by Monsieur Dior’s “Jardin Japonais” (Japanese garden) dress from the 1950s. Two years ago, Chanel brought its cruise show to Seoul. Louis Vuitton is the latest to use Asia as a show backdrop. Its cruise 2018 show last Sunday was held at Miho Museum, Kyoto.
Designed by Louvre Paris’ I.M Pei, the venue matches the Japanese-influenced collection. The show invitation features an illustration of Kansai Yamamoto, one of Japan’s most influential contemporary fashion designers. Yamamoto was the name behind most of David Bowie’s out-of-this world costumes.
In his cruise 2018 collection, Ghesquière combines the old and the new, “the present day and a noble ancestral civilisation, between futurism and poetry, between huge, vibrant citiesand delicate landscapes.” In short, Paris meets Kyoto.
Based on the show note, the garments recall samurai, figurative engraving, inked landscapes, ceremonial dress, the keikogi of martial arts, the Kurosawa cinematic dramaturgy, or the unique melancholy of Kitano. Urban pantsuits and architectural tunics are designed in the spirit of Hokusai.
Interwoven jersey and leather sweaters recall the armor of Japanese warriors. Evening dresses gleam with Noh theater gold. Delicately crafted obi belts become the fabric of tapered trousers. Handbags and clutches are decorated with Kabuki masks.
Yamamoto lends his creativity to create icons, symbols and characters that appear on Louis Vuitton accessories. One of the dresses that appear on the show feature the Yamamoto illustration that has been seen on the show invite.
Also a given at any Louis Vuitton events is A-listers on the front row. Campaign stars Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly and Fan Bing Bing were present. Also, fellow actress Isabelle Huppert and former football star Hidetoshi Nakata. The show was opened and closed by actresses Rila Fukushima (Ghost in the Shell, Game of Thrones) and Doona Bae (The Host, Jupiter Ascending).
Check out every look from the collection on the gallery above, and watch the full Louis Vuitton cruise 2018 here.