The trunk/shrine in the Bond St store
Thanks to his blockbusting show at the British Museum Grayson Perry is man of the moment, while Louis Vuitton are one fashion brand who are no slouch when it comes to supporting the arts – remember when they sponsored Tracey Emin’s retrospective at the Hayward Gallery?
So it makes perfect sense, then, that the loveable transvestite potter from Essex has created a sort of monument for the Louis Vuitton - Grayson’s distinctive take on the firm’s signature trunk, designed both to house Perry’s intricate, doll-like dresses and as a shrine to his teddy bear, Alan Measles (who also writes his own blog pontificating on the art world. alanmeasles.posterous.com btw).
The trunk, which is on display as part of an installation in Vuitton’s Bond Street Maison, is painted on the inside with images of male and female folk characters and an impression of Alan the bear himself, who of course sits proudly on a golden throne right in the middle, flanked by Grayson Perry vases filled with white carnations – tres kitsch.
It probably has something to do with Marc Jacobs, as he is a big fan of artists and loves to drag (willingly) cool contemporary artists into collaborations with him or Louis Vuitton, think Yayoi Kusama with the polka dots, or Stephen Sprouse’s graffiti prints. Vuitton also sponsored the mega exhibition at the British Museum (just around the corner from Grazia HQ – we are desperate to go!). Don’t you love it when a plan comes together!
Pictures from 10magazine.com
- Naomi Attwood