To say avant-garde sculptor, painter and novelist Kusama is obsessed with polka dots would be an understatement. After all, she hasn't been dubbed "the Princess of Polka dots" for nothing. The vast fields of polka dots, or "infinity nets", as she called them, have become a trademark of her work, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colours, repetition and pattern.
Louis Vuitton Creative Director Marc Jacobs, known for his own quirky imagination, is a great admirer of the artist. “The obsessive character and the innocence of her artwork touch me. She succeeds in sharing her vision of the world with us," he explains.
Maintaining its close relationship with the world of art, something Louis Vuitton has done since its creation in 1854, it sponsored a retrospective of Kusama's work spanning over six decades. Having travelled from London to Madrid, Paris and finally New York, the exhibition highlights the artist's moments of most intense innovation.
To further their support of her work, Louis Vuitton has issued a collection from the collaboration between Kusama and Jacobs to interpret her most emblematic artworks. Together they have produced a range of Louis Vuitton leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories smothered in polka dots in vigorous colours. The organic reptitive patterns play with scale, colours and densities and bring Kusama's hallucinatory world to life as the patterns ripple and strobe.
For Kusama, who sees her life as "a dot lost among millions of other dots", the collaboration will allow her to spread her polka dots across the world.
The collection launches globally on 9 July. Take a look through the slideshow for a sneak peek of the collection and to view some of Kusama's work.