On September 22nd, the penultimate day, I finally made it to the Louis Vuitton Timeless Muses exhibition that was being held at Tokyo Station Hotel. Kate Moss and Catherine Deneuve made rare appearances for the opening party.
I don’t often venture to Tokyo station, and haven’t seen the Marunouchi side properly, ever. It was under renovation for most of the time that I’ve been in Japan, and all I ever saw was white scaffolding everywhere – not attractive.
As it was my first time, I was a little bit nervous, but I really needn’t have been. The Japanese are rather wonderful signposters, so you’re pretty much always guaranteed to find your way – unless you’re in a hurry, in which case you never do. Funny that.
It was a small but gorgeous exhibition, featuring six of the women who have influenced the Louis Vuitton brand. These women include Eugenie de Montijo, who was the Empress consort as the wife of Napoleon III and became the brand’s first ambassador, using Louis Vuitton trunks while travelling; French actress Catherine Deneuve, who was a loyal customer, loved the Monogram for its Asian connections, and used the Speedy throughout the 60s and 70s; French novelist Françoise Sagan, who used the Keepall and lived life in the fast lane; multi-talented Sofia Coppola, who was the inspiration for the Cruise collection, posed with her father for the Core Values campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz, and designed the Louis Vuitton SC bag; model and fashion icon Kate Moss, who has defined an era and its style, brings rock ‘n’ roll to fashion, and has walked the catwalk for the brand; and architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, one of the founders of contemporary interior design, whose work exudes simplicity, purity, and sobriety.
These women are Louis Vuitton muses, adventuresses, pioneers and conquerors of a world in motion, a world that was never quite the same after they entered it.
I learned so much, and thoroughly enjoyed having the Louis Vuitton monogram emblazoned 3D mask stick to view the video content – it was fun to pretend I was at a masquerade ball, I felt quite glamorous!
I’m not sure what more I can say about this enjoyable event; I will let the photos speak for themselves (super pic heavy).
The movie about the muses is about to start
Catherine Deneuve’s jewellery box
Françoise Sagan’s drafts
Sofia Coppola’s bag
Kate Moss’s outfit
I really wanted to keep it. I was wracking my brains trying to come up with a subtle way of making off with it… to no avail
3D mask in action
Slightly terrifying sculpture. I’m awfully glad she’s wearing knickers!
Charlotte Perriand’s work
True Japanese dedication to detail…
Tokyo station in its renovated glory (well, part of it anyway)
Goodbye, Tokyo station!