After  Herm è s Leather Forever Exhibition  made its third stop in Hong Kong back in September 2014, Hong Kong is now hosting the FIR...

After Hermès Leather Forever Exhibition made its third stop in Hong Kong back in September 2014, Hong Kong is now hosting the FIRST global appearance of Louis Vuitton's world traveling Time Capsule Exhibition from April 22 - May 14! So you wonder why Hong Kong as first stop? Indeed, it was chosen to mark the concurrent celebration of Le French May art festival 25th anniversary & HKSAR's handover 20th anniversary.

The Time Capsule Exhibition is carefully curated to tell the story of Louis Vuitton using a selection of objects and documents from its archive dating back to 1854. It's a retrospective journey that revisits innovations in technology and designs throughout the maison's history, and showcase of traditional leatherwork techniques by French artisans. What I appreciated most was the stark contrast of antique works (eg. steam bags / desk trunk / carviar box) versus the more contemporary pieces (eg. city steamer bag / cigar case / mahjong set) placed alongside, as it highlights the passage of time and how our culture/habits have changed.

The birth of Monogram Canvas

Personally I love LV's monogram more than anything from Gucci, Celine, Dior or Burberry. Did you know Monsieur Louis Vuitton did not came up with the monogram canvas in the first place? Indeed, he never designed the interlocking 'L and V' floral pattern, his traveling trunks were famous for being waterproof when back in the days only wooden trunks were available. The first patterned canvas trunk was designed by his son Georges Vuitton in 1872 to combat counterfeits. The first pattern ever designed by the luxury house was striped canvas not monogram canvas. Not long after, copies of the striped canvas trunks were all over the globe, hence the damier canvas was designed in 1888. Of course, the chess board design wasn't too hard to copy as well. In 1896, Georges eventually created the monogram canvas using his father's initials 'L & V' and inspired by Art Nouveau movement in France. This time he registered at the Patent & Trademark Office and also started offering customization service. See the video below for the evolution timeline :)

Bed trunk designed in 1878 for Congo Adventurer Pierre
Desk trunk & Wardrobe trunk never cease to amaze
Photo of Monsieur Louis Vuitton, his son and grandson
 Toiletries kit (1930s)
Advertisement artworks (1920-30s)
Tea set (2016)
Mahjong set
Smoking pipe
Cigar case
Modern collaborations

The exhibition also offered a glance into the archive of handbags featuring designers from Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Rei Kawakubo to Christian Louboutin; and works from the Louis Vuitton corporate collection by Hong Kong artists.

Weaving for harmony and smoothness
Traveling dress, knitted from cut up pieces of Louis Vuitton catalogues
Interactive media

You will finally enter a dark room towards the end of the exhibition where you'll be surrounded by flowing videos and images; also don't forget to visit the vending machine before you leave, where there's a selection of 8 post cards offered to visitors on a random basis. All you have to do is input your personal information (and queue before you can do so....OBVIOUSLY). 

Hope you find this post helpful if you don't have the time to pay a visit! And if you're wondering what's that crowd outside the exhibition entrance? That's just the usual scene of Central on Sundays as this is how the philippino helpers spend their weekend on the streets of Hong Kong, nothing to do with politics ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 

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