Louis Vuitton Seoul Exhibition: Volez, Voguez, Voyagez
We are about to close a chapter this year, which has definitely been a big one for fashion in Seoul, not only Korean brands and local markets have exponentially soared, but also internationally iconic brands are starting to pay more and more attention towards Seoul as a trend setting Capital. Proof being the fact that Seoul has lately been chosen, as a specific location for very important exhibitions.
Like the Louis Vuitton Seoul Exhibition, Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, that has until now only taken place in a few selected spots, such as Paris and Tokyo, Seoul and currently being displayed in New York City. A very well structured masterpiece, that allows attendees to travel around an eye pleasing path that will make them understand the brand in a completely different perspective…
If you missed it, come and fly with me through it all
The exhibit was a big hit in the city and even being displayed for a relatively long time period, the doors to Dongdaemun were filled with never-ending queues at any given time. Especially during the first month and weekends, making the possibilities of appreciating it without having to go through long queues an impossible task to accomplish. Queues and all, it would have probably been worth it, because of how magnificently curated it was and due to the high quality of the content and design of the whole experience.
The exhibit started at a wide, white room of tall ceilings, filled with soft colors and a screen display, in which a plane flies right through some of the well known spots of those cities, where the exhibit would be accessible.
The Louis Vuitton Seoul Exhibition described as: “The unexpected journey at the heart of Louis Vuitton”, had a description in my opinion, quite close to reality. Starting chronologically with the origins of the brand and continuing through ten different display areas. It covered anything that could be considered representative of “la maison Vuitton” through various scenarios, each centered around a specific concept.
The title Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, which in French literally means, fly, Sail/Wander, Travel. Must seem like a very random concept to center the exhibition. Or so it might appear for someone with basic knowledge of the brand, but the truth is that LV did not always make fancy designer purses to carry daily necessities. This centenary brand started getting popular, by making custom designed travel items, for those in need of very specific things that were not available at the time. Portraying not only design, but also durability and lightness.
Vuitton saw a blue ocean, in a necessity that was yet to be covered and against any possible forecast, he created a brand that is still venerated many years behind. We could say that he started more as an inventor than a designer, even though the brand´s talent for design has been more than proven over time, specially under the leadership of his son and grandson.
Through the pieces of this exhibit we could appreciate the evolution of their creations, considered the preface of modern luggage. In which slow improvements were being incorporated overtime, while always staying faithful to “the principles of french style, the recognition of the beauty in an object in its function and mobility”.
Centering Louis Vuitton Seoul Exhibition around the concept of traveling was in my opinion a very fitting choice, not only quite representing of the brand, but also the absolute perfect tribute to its origins. In fact the Volez, Voguez, Voyagez title, displayed all over with beautiful Bold V´s was not an entirely new concept made specifically for the exhibit, but a slogan used around the mid sixties for a Louis Vuitton printed add campaign. The V´s, that hold an important presence on the slogan could at the time have been a mere coincidence playing with the name concept, or even a slow-paced attempt of a primary form off subliminal advertising.
Advertisement apart, the display covered all you could ask for, since if these small coincidences did not suit your curiosity, aesthetic wise, the smartly developed display would make you feel like a character right out of the oriental express, traveling through time, while looking at the exquisite creations.
Part four of the Louis Vuitton Seoul Exhibition titled, the invention of travel, held five areas, structured following the concepts of “Expedition”, “The rise of Yachting”, The Automobile”, “Aviation” and lastly “Trains”. Which were in my opinion, the heart of the whole experience. Followed by recreational trunks designed for leisure activities, painted trunks, other brand creations and more modern designs featuring collaborations, all adding the final touches to the whole experience.
Through this exhibit, the long way of a brand that was originally founded in 1854 could be appreciated, a brand that keeps on working to be as timeless today as it was back then.
In Seoul, a place well know for its appreciation for all things luxury, in which consumers highly value brands and are willing to pay high prices for their desired items, the exhibit took over Dongdaemun and the whole space usually reserved for fashion week´s catwalks. Presented on a time, right prior to the Louis Vuitton and supreme collab release, coincidence or genius strategic marketing plan, for a country where both brands are highly valued and well-loved, being the second one specially so, among the youth in Seoul, even more due to scarcity, with the lack of an official store.
The exhibition was able to express and trigger a lot of different feelings and sensations, specially taking into account the fact that we are talking about an exhibition held mostly on travel trunks. Everything was so impeccably tasteful and able to transmit so many stories and such a powerful crave for “wanderlust”, that I could not help but leave a part of my artsy heart on the exhibit, while parting from the place with a huge smile, bigger dreams and the sensation of endless possibilities.
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