The line between luxury and art has, historically, been blurred since antiquity, when opulently adorned villas and palaces were decorated with richly painted frescoes and beautifully cast bronze statues. The second instalment of the collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons takes a step further in exploring the intersection of luxury and art with “Masters II”, a collection of bags and accessories designed by the world-renowned contemporary artist , Jeff Koons. Jeff Koons is often seen as an artist who has deftly negotiated the luxury world in his art. After a number of series that comment on life’s luxuries, he took the next step in 2010, designing an “art car” for BMW. His design was applied to a race car, which was displayed at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and later included in a race at Le Mans, France.
Similarly as with the initial collection, the second collection was founded on the craftsman’s “Lords” arrangement of works of art and made a big appearance on October 27. Embellished on the handbags are artworks by François Boucher, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Nicolas Poussin and J.M.W. Turner.
Each bag features a version of the Louis Vuitton Monogram reconfigured to bear Jeff Koons’s initials; a radical shift for the luxury house, which has previously never allowed its iconic logo and pattern to be reshaped.
The bags also carry a tag in the shape of Koons’s iconic inflatable rabbit, while a biography and portrait of the Master, whose work has been referenced, is featured on the inside of the bag.