Palace of Versailles, and Musée Carnavalet, as well as works of art by Yan Pei-Ming and He An. Louis Vuitton’s ties with China were highlighted through a selection of unique objects created for famous explorers and artists. For example, visitors could admire the photography trunk designed in 1929 for philanthropist Albert Kahn and his pho- tographer, which was used during their journey through China to document images of everyday life there. New items were also on display, including the Cocktail & Cigar Trunk, created in 2018 for Chinese artist Ding Yi, who is from Shanghai. The exhibition boasted a thousand and one itemswhich retrace the Maison’s story, from its very beginnings to its most recent creations. It ended with a room devoted to the skilled craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton’s artisans. A photo album entitled Volez, Voguez, Voyagez also celebrated the exhibition. T H É L I O S Inaugurat ion of the Man i f at tura T hélios was created in 2017, when LVMH entered the eyewear industry by joining forces with sector expert Marcolin. It pro- duces unique optical frames, drawing on Italian design and craftsmanship to reflect the quintes- sential spirit of each prestigious Maison. The name is a reference to Greek mythology: a combination of Theia, goddess of light and sight, and Helios, god of the sun. Thélios covers every stage of the eyewear production cycle – it designs, manu- factures and distributes sunglasses and optical • A journey through history, highlighted by objects that illustrate Louis Vuitton’s ties with China.
and future,” commented Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton. This journey through history, designed by creative director Robert Carsen, was divided into 15 chapters and highlighted by objects that illustrate Louis Vuitton’s ties with China. The exhibition opened with a portrait of the young Louis Vuitton, painted by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming. The first exhibit was the Maison’s most symbolic – an antique trunk, a precursor to the emblematic features and daring spirit of the Louis Vuitton brand. The exhibition included Louis Vuitton heritage objects and docu- ments, a selection of items loaned by Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, the
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