Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama Team Up for a Dot-Covered Collection

By
TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 25:  Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sits working on a new painting, in front of other newly finished paintings in her studio, on January 25, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. Yayoi Kusama, who suffers from mental health problems and lives in a hospital near her studio, is one of today's most highly revered and popular of Japanese artists. She is one of the world's top selling living female artists breaking records in the millions. A major retrospective of her work is on display at Tate Modern in London through June 5, 2012.  (Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)
Yayoi Kusama. Photo: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Louis Vuitton has officially announced their latest major collaborator, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who's known for putting brightly colored dots on everything from pumpkin sculptures to tree trunks to herself. Conveniently timed to coincide with Kusama's major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, their collection will be unveiled on July 10. According to WWD, it'll include a huge range of dot-covered items like silk pajamas, dresses, trench coats, jewelry, bags, and shoes, all in vibrant primary colors.

Marc Jacobs has a history of getting artists to rework Louis Vuitton's motifs — most notably Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami — and this collection will surely generate a similar amount of hype (and the subsequent eBay frenzy). The products will be sold in Vuitton's 461 stores starting on July 11, with a second wave of goods arriving in October. Vuitton president Yves Carcelle says that Kusama, who is 82 years old, has been “very involved personally in every detail of the product.”

Kusama was born in Japan and moved to New York in 1957, where she became associated with the abstract expressionist movement. In the sixties, she got into pop art and famously organized a series of "Body Festivals" where she painted nude participants with polka dots. She moved back to Japan in 1973 and has been voluntarily living in a mental hospital since 1977, where she has continued to make visual art and sculpture as well as publish several novels, a poetry collection, and an autobiography.