Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s much-feted collaboration with Louis Vuitton made its way to London’s Selfridges Wednesday night. The department store has not only opened a pop-up shop in its Wonder Room dedicated to the collection of Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear, handbags, scarves and shoes adorned with Kusama’s signature polka dot patterns, but is celebrating the collaboration in a major way throughout the store. All of Selfridges’ 24 windows are devoted to the collection, and an imposing statue of the artist stands on the awning over the store’s entrance.
Guests including Jasmine Guinness, Jade Parfitt, Tallulah Harlech, Plum Sykes and Amber Le Bon — many of whom donned pieces from the collection — all gathered at the pop-up shop to toast the launch. Harlech for one was a fan of the artist’s work, having taken in her exhibition at London’s Tate Modern earlier this year. “It did make me think though, does she ever get tired of spots?” mused Harlech. “Does she wake up and think, ‘Maybe I’ll draw a line?’ Or shock horror, an angle?” The actress added that she’s currently shooting “Spite & Malice,” a film directed by Duncan Ward, in which she plays a muse.
Guests sipped sake cocktails in the space, which was done out to resemble one of Kusama’s installations, with polka dot patterned floors and walls and giant pumpkin-like lampshades and tables. Alannah Weston, Selfridges’ creative director, described the artist’s work as “at once exuberant and obsessive.” “I think she’s got real integrity as an artist because she’s been doing this for a very, very long time,” said Weston. “People think that Damian Hirst invented the spot, but it’s been around,” she said with a smile, referring to Kusama’s long-term affinity with the polka dot. The celebration of the collection will continue in Selfridges through to October 19.