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Exclusive: Louis Vuitton’s Traveling Exhibition, See LV, is Coming to Dubai

Louis Vuitton Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear. Photo:

Dubai is set to play host to the third leg of Louis Vuitton‘s traveling exhibition, See LV. After its inauguration in Wuhan 2020 and a sophomore display in Hangzhou in 2021, the month-long exhibition will make its way to the Dubai Fountain area on Friday, February 4. For the uninitiated, See LV offers a one-of-a-kind journey through the French fashion house’s nearly 170-year history via its archival objects mixed with newer creations. The exhibition also uses immersive and interactive digital features to allow visitors to delve into the Maison’s heritage as well as more contemporary elements, from early 20th century trunks and artistic collaborations to iconic leather creations.

Divided into four “universes”, namely, Finding Louis, In Fashion, Bags Stories, and Evolution Gallery, See LV opens with a portrait of a young Louis Vuitton, created using Artificial Intelligence by Turkish-American artist Refik Anadol. After viewing a selection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear pieces in reverse chronology, visitors can expect to see historical pieces like a gown by Charles Frederick Worth and a 1906 trunk. Next, the house’s most iconic arm candies, from the Steamer to the Speedy, and Noé to Twist, have been lined against a backdrop of images of Louis Vuitton’s celebrity friends including Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Regina King, and more. The exhibition also dedicates an entire space to its contributions to the invention of luggage typologies by showcasing pieces like the iconic Wardrobe trunk, the Skateboard trunk, 1920s Auto trunks, and the 2020’s Louis Vuitton 2054 raincoat-tent.

Dubai was chosen as the location for the exhibition’s next stop because of its cosmopolitan nature. A statement from the house reads, “Dubai has proven to be a city where the nexus of East and West makes for a stunning display of cultural diversity that spills over onto the business realm and everyday life. This makes Dubai the natural next step for See LV’s 2022 journey.” See LV follows a host of luxury brands who have brought their archival and latest designs to the Middle East, contributing to fashion’s boom in the region. The year 2021 saw Giorgio Armani put together a star-studded runway show at the Burj Khalifa, followed by Chanel‘s first physical show of its Cruise 2021/2022 collection, and in Doha, Dior‘s first exhibition in the Middle East. With 2022 taking off with Louis Vuitton, one can expect the region’s fashion calendar for the year to be just as packed.

The See LV exhibition will run from February 4-March 7, 10am-12am; with free admission. 

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