Until 21st February 2016
Louis Vuitton, leading light in the world of luxury French-style luggage, takes us on a journey with a retrospective exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, until 21st February 2016.
The history of Louis Vuitton and that of the Grand Palais have been closely linked ever since the inauguration of the latter in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition in Paris, when the House of Vuitton drew everyone’s attention with its original stand in the form of a carousel.
The visitor follows a thematic route divided into nine sections illustrating Louis Vuitton’s and his descendants’ know-how and ingenuity in the world of bags and luggage and since the founding of the firm that bears their name in 1854. The exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez includes documents, bags, luggage and photographs from the Louis Vuitton historical collection. There are beautiful flat trunks in coated canvass, cabin bags, hatboxes and other vanity cases as well as a selection of luggage lent by the Palais Galliera, the Paris Museum of Fashion.
From the start of the exhibition the tone is set by an imposing trunk dating from 1906, which incorporates all the company’s trademark design features (monogrammed initials, studs, exterior reinforcing etc.). The displays are set against pale backgrounds under hushed lighting. The audio commentary transforms the visitors into passengers on a plane, cruise ship or perhaps a first class train carriage from the first half of the 20th century.
Indeed, at the beginning of the 20th century modern means of transport were developing and improving, offering increasing numbers of leisure travellers the chance to explore distant horizons. It is also apparent that the size of the luggage is adapted to each form of transport and how cleverly each piece is fitted out inside.
You can also see the portraits of the great designers from both yesteryear and today that have built the firm’s reputation and maintain its prestige to this day. The final room is dedicated to the relevant manufacturing skills.
The stage setters have created a feast for the eyes with the use of lots of screens showing videos of scenery and using multimedia to the fullest extent.
The firm of Vuitton shows us how, drawing on its rich history, it continues to innovate and dazzle. All aboard!
For further details on this exhibition at the Grand Palais
Place : Grand Palais
Address : 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
District : Champs-Elysées
Open hours : Monday, Thursday and Sunday: 10am - 8pm. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10am - 10pm. Closed on Tuesday except during holidays.
Transport : Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau