The exhibit is called VOLEZ, VOGUEZ, VOYAGEZ – LOUIS VUITTON, displays more than 150 years of travel and fashion history including luggage, vintage clothing and modern Red Carpet gowns, accessories, fragrances, even walking canes, and the brand’s many design collaborations.
The exhibit includes steamer trunks, hats and other items from the early 1900s, so familiar to fans of Downton Abbey.
The exhibition retraces the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present, including participation in a 1931 road trip expedition through the fabled Silk Road of Asia, with vintage film clips and photos.
Perhaps the most popular part of the exhibit is the room of gowns worn by celebrities including Michelle Williams, Alicia Vikander, Taylor Swift and Debbie Harry to awards events, including the Oscars and Grammies. The gowns are displayed below video clips of the celebs wearing them.
I found the vintage fitted trunks most interesting, with compartments for everything, including gloves. There’s even a “writing trunk”, fitted to hold a typewriter and a shelf of books. And, a very modern trunk fitted to hold a skateboard – both trunk and skateboard “wear” the signature LV logo.
Reservations are recommended, since ticket-holders get priority over walk-ups.
There are plenty of dates and times available, since the exhibit has been open for several weeks already, and the fashionistas and Vuitton-aholics have been there at least once. Expect to stay one hour or more – I did.
Reserve your spot here. Guided tours also are available, but are sold out through December 31st, or choose a free audio device.
Before you go, download the special Louis Vuitton FREE app to enhance your visit –
– Start the exhibition by digitally tagging the walls.
– Take photos with filters inspired by each room of Louis Vuitton exhibition
– Bring Louis Vuitton’s portrait to life with augmented reality.
– Follow an expedition over desert dunes with augmented reality
– Customize a travel trunk with iconic hotel labels.
– Leave a message in graffiti in the digital guest book.
The exhibit is at 86 Trinity Place, with artifacts from 1854 to 2017 sourced by historian Oliver Saillard. And, of course, there’s a gift shop at the exit, including fragrances, notecards and travel guidebooks, but not clothing or luggage.