Daniel Buren, a conceptual artist of the 70s, whose predominant work was that of almost protest art (especially in Germany when he was not allowed to exhibit in Bern in 1969 in the show When Attitudes Become Form with Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner) has now added to his resume the title of being a set-designer for Louis Vuitton. Buren, originally known for his signature stripes – which he posted around Bern covering up advertisements on the streets as a political statement saying that he is there (and then was arrested for his acts) – has now turned his vertical lines (which are ALWAYS the same width – picture above to the left from my latest trip to Paris) into a vertical fashion show using escalators to bring the models down to the catwalk.
Well dudes, don’t think Marc Jacobs is out of the picture. He was the one that came up with the almost cubist theme pattern (picture below). And Buren was keen to work with it, even though he had a very limited amount of time to set the stage for the show. He took the challenge and we think it was tres successful! What a great example of how conceptual art meets fashion!