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How Yayoi Kusama Merges The Worlds of Fashion and Art

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Yayoi Kusama has always pushed the boundaries of surrealism and reality. Known for her vibrant embrace of pop-art, the Japanese artist and writer has become a living legend in the intersecting worlds of fashion, art, and culture. Apart of New York City’s burgeoning art scene in the 1960’s, Kusama established herself as a central proprietor of style and creation.

The artist’s recently opened exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden — titled “KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature”—merges the designer’s love for nature with her engagement of pattern and exaggeration. The exhibition features towering instillations with Kusama’s signature vibrant color palette and patterns. Set in the picturesque landscape of the Botanical Garden, the exhibition reveals Kusama’s lifelong fascination with nature. The grounds also feature several of Kusama’s works, most notably, Narcissus Garden (1996) and Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees (2002).

Already gaining traction amongst the TikTok and Instagram crowd, the exhibition is drawing upon a sense of freeing fanfare and perhaps signaling the beginning of the end of pandemic isolation. Originally set for April of 2020, the year long delay due to COVID-19 seems to have been worth it for energetic viewers and Kusama diehards. Kusama’s brightly colored iconography seamlessly merges with the picturesque greenery of the botanical garden — creating a prime space for social media users infatuated with everything bright, open, and naturalistic.

Not only renowned in artistic spheres, the designer has also dabbled in the world of fashion through star-studded collaborations and social justice focused ventures. To celebrate Kusama’s newest emotive exhibit, CR takes a look back at the artist’s journey in the world of fashion.

Fashion Label

Released in 1965, Kusama Fashion Company Ltd. centers around not only her emotive artwork, but also her participation in anti-war and patriarchal movements. With stargetic openings that revealed the wearer’s buttocks, breasts, or genitalia, Kusama’s creations were daring, to say the least. Mostly sold on New York City’s Sixth Avenue, Kusama’s line of textiles and garments often featured her now iconic polka dots—which spoke to her repetitive hallucinations and struggle with mental health.

“Happenings”

In the midst of establishing her own fashion label and other artistic ventures, the creative was also active in protesting against the Vietnam War—talk about multi-tasking. Kusama and other participants—friends, artists, and activists—would stage nude or semi-nude public performances while covered in painted polka dots. The strongly sexual and anti-establishment protests became a precursor to how Kusama would integrate the worlds of protest and subversion into her work.

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Arguably the artist’s most mainstream venture, the 2012 Louis Vuitton collaboration was one for the books. Under the helm of then creative director Marc Jacobs, the collection featured a bevy of polka-dotted bags, accessories, and ready-to-wear that merged the irreverent spheres of Kusama and Vuitton. The two creatives had a unique bond—displayed in the 2008 documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton—that distinctively shone through in the collaboration, highlighting the two’s mastery of referential art and commerciality.

Personal Style

Kusama’s carefully crafted image has cemented her as a forever style icon. Usually in vibrant colored wigs with matching lipstick, Kusama has turned herself into a work of art. Kusama often mirrors her exhibitions and installations through her polka-dot frocks.

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature runs from April 10th to October 31st, 2021 at the New York Botanical Garden.

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