Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Photoshoot wall

Discover the creative process behind Louis Vuitton‘s Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 collection at the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Entrance

It’s the first time such an exhibition – if we can call it that – is staged in Singapore. Louis Vuitton Series 3 is an interpretation, in the form of an experience, of Nicolas Ghesquière’s third collection for the luxury house. Exhibitions were held for past Series.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Corridor

Whether you’re in fashion and luxury goods – or not – it’s free anyway, so might as well check out a side of Louis Vuitton that doesn’t end with shopping. Nothing for sale here.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Monogram Circle Repeater

After signing in at the foyer, Louis Vuitton’s famous monogram – encased in a circle – is repeated in a 3D installation, projecting the House through time and space.

Master Mind

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Trunk Illusion of Nicolas Ghesquiere

Gaze at both the heritage of Louis Vuitton and the creative mind of Nicolas Ghesquière, with a magic trunk in the middle that shows ‘hologram’ sketches.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Trunk Detail

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - The World of Nicolas Ghesquiere

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - The World of Nicolas Ghesquiere Creative

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - The Magic Trunk

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Series 3 White Mannequin

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Stairway to Above

Artists’ Hands

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Artists' Hands - Video showing the construction of Petite Malle

Take a seat and watch how the Petite Malle and Dora bags are created, from the perspective of an artisan.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Artists' Hands Room overview mirrors

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Artists' Hands room overview diagonal

Infinite Show

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Infinite Show room entrance

Immerse yourself in Louis Vuitton’s Autumn-Winter 2015-2016 show, where you can walk towards the looks.. or walk around in this virtual runway.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Infinite Show / Autumn-Winter 2015/2016 fashion show experience 1

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Infinite Show / Autumn-Winter 2015/2016 fashion show experience 2

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Infinite Show / Autumn-Winter 2015/2016 fashion show experience 2

Accessories Gallery

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Room of White

White silhouettes hold accessories in a white room flooded with light. Also on display, historic pieces that have inspired pieces in Nicolas Ghesquière’s collections.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Hat Box Trunk

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery Room Overview

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Miss France trunk

A trunk made for Roberte Cusey, Miss France.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Miss France trunk detail

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Series 3 Alma unique print

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Old trunk lock detail

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Dora Petite Modele

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Racing Trunk that inspired the new AW15 Petite Malle Orange Croisière

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Boîte Promenade

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Accessories Gallery / Silhouette in White

Walk In Wardrobe

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Walk In Wardrobe / Glass Cabinets

See the actual pieces from the AW2015 collections up close here.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Walk In Wardrobe / AW2015 Embroidery Jellyfish Dress

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Walk In Wardrobe / Boite Promenade Orange Croisière

The Racing Trunk you saw earlier? It inspired this Boite Promenade Orange Croisière. There’s a Petite Malle with the same look, too.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Walk In Wardrobe / Petite Malle Red Gator

A Tale of Craftsmanship

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / French Craftswomen demonstrate the assembly of the Petite Malle bag

The last room showcases live demos of the assembly of the Petite Malle in Monogram Canvas. This bag is introduced in Nicolas Ghesquière’s début collection in 2014. Variantions have turned up in every fashion show, and these mini trunk bags are collectible clutches.

Its introduction made a splash, because some sales associates have claimed that it’s the Birkin bag of Louis Vuitton. Limited edition, SAs having their ‘quotas’, “it’s entirely handmade!”, not every customer can place an order; and the mythic list goes on.

This never came to pass because a core line is clearly designed for the permanent collection. LV wants to sell this, and a lot of it. They need a new icon – one with a higher barrier to entry. Something for customers of their ‘entry-level’ class bags to aim for. An indulgent gift for that special moment.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Completed Petite Malle in Monogram Canvas

While it’s a beautiful accessory that can be hand-carried or worn as a sling bag, this tiny trunk isn’t that functional. There’s barely any space after you put a smartphone in.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / French Craftswomen demonstrate the assembly of the Petite Malle bag VT

The Petite Malle in Monogram Canvas is the most iconic design, and one of the few still constructed the same way as the first series. Some of the newer Petite Malle bags are constructed with less metal – most obvious being the trunk corners. But hmm, the bags with leather corners don’t carry the luxurious trunk look.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Petite Malle bag with canvas cover and front hardware attached

Apparently the bags take 30 hours to make, including the final assembly. Is it over-engineered? Seems quite excessive to have every piece of hardware attached individually by hand. But those forking out S$7,050 for the Petite Malle will feel at ease that nothing will fall off – it’s as good as Vuitton’s famous trunks.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Petite Malle pouch component with screw guide openings

These are the ‘flaps’ for the interior of the bag, to prevent items from falling out. Those holes cutout allow access to the screws/rivets holding the hardware of the bag.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Partially assembled Petite Malle trunks

Partially assembled bags.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Completed Petite Malle in Red Epi leather

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Craftswoman pressing down the edges of the canvas to form a clean edge for the Petite Malle bag

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Craftswoman pressing down the edges of the canvas to form a clean edge for the Petite Malle bag 2VT

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / French Craftswomen demonstrate the assembly of the Petite Malle bag, with tools in the background

It is an opportunity to see the bag assembled by hand – the last steps. If you’re hoping to see how the canvas is put together, or the trunk frames, you will be disappointed. Certain aspects are carefully masked.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Nuts and bolts essential for the assembly of the Petite Malle bag

If you pay careful attention, you might notice some curious methods used in the construction of the bag.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Brass hardware pieces of the Petite Malle lock closure

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / Quilted Leather panel to line the interior of the Petite Malle bag

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / French Craftswomen demonstrate the assembly of the Petite Malle bag, screwing down the inner lining for the pouch

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - A Tale of Craftsmanship / French Craftswomen demonstrate the assembly of the Petite Malle bag, with Marina Bay in the background

The Petite Malle Craftsmanship is the final room, followed by the sticker wall that is the highlight for many. Grab stickers of your favourite accessories, or even letters!

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Lifestyle Bar / Wall of Stickers forming a V visual

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - Lifestyle Bar / Wall of Stickers featuring bags from Nicolas Ghesquiere's Series 3 Collection

Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition

Crystal Pavilion South, Marina Bay Sands
27 Nov 2015 – 23 Dec 2015
Free Admission

How to get there?
The Entrance is located at B2 of the Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, where Pangea used to be located. It’s just beside tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto.

This exhibition is not at the Louis Vuitton Island Maison (Crystal Pavilion North). Although you are free to stroll there and shop there if you feel inspired after experiencing the exhibition.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition - View of the Crystal Pavilion from outside

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