By: Serena Tarneja and Devina Puri
Louis Vuitton unveiled its new polka dot line inspired and co-designed by the “Princess of Polka Dots” herself, Yayoi Kusama. Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929. At a young age she began to have hallucinations, which she would record in sketchbooks. Her hallucinations had a recurring theme of polka dots, which sparked an obsession with them. This obsession was manifested in her art work and became her artistic signature. She moved to New York in 1957, against her parent’s wishes, and soon gained a reputation in the contemporary art community. The defining of her career was in 1959, when she exhibited “Infinity Net”. This piece changed her career and defined her style as “obsessive, repetitive, and rhythmic”.
After making a name for herself in America, she returned to Japan and became a icon in the art world. Her work influenced many and helped people see the world through her eyes. She has inspired many pop culture scions, from Marc Jacobs to Andy Warhol. Marc Jacobs best described the beauty and simplicity of polka dots saying, “The dot represents something that has no point, no hard edges, and is infinite. And what could be nicer than infinite love?” Even at the age of 80, she continues to contribute to the fashion world. Her recent collaboration with Louis Vuitton will inspire a new generation to see her world of polka dots.