A new exhibit maps the history of Louis Vuitton

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Published October 30, 2017

The former American Stock Exchange building is getting a little more haute-couture with the opening of Louis Vuitton’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, or “Fly, Sail, Travel,” exhibit. Spanning more than a century of the legendary house’s designs, the installation features close to 1,000 pieces ranging from wooden travel trunks of the early 20th century to the most memorable red carpet dresses of today (Alicia Vikander’s strapless yellow number on the night of her Oscars win included.)

“I wanted to design the exhibition in a very formal way,” says curator Olivier Saillard. “But I also approached it with a sense of fantasy, as if Tintin was the curator, to appeal to a younger audience.”

Each of the themed rooms carries its own charm, echoing the fantastical elements alluded to by Saillard. The voguez space, for instance, is pierced by a gargantuan sail and showcases iterations of the steamer bag, in its many evolutions, altered over the years in size and shape for the needs of the women who would carry it. The volez section, all blue and interspersed with clouds is reminiscent of floating through the sky—while surrounded by beautifully crafted bags and perfectly tailored coats.

The exhibit itself is akin to a transportation, through fashion and time and the legacy of Louis Vuitton.

VOLEZ, VOGUEZ, VOYAGEZ IS ON VIEW THROUGH JANUARY 7, 2018.