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Louis Vuitton Vs. Marc Jacobs: Paris Show Becomes a Book (PHOTOS)

See photos of a new book on the careers of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, the house’s creative director.

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton & Rizzoli

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton & Rizzoli

An exhibit at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris celebrates two very different artists: Louis Vuitton, who founded the famed fashion house in 1854, and Marc Jacobs, its current creative director. Rather than telling a chronological story of the house, the show examines the careers of the two men, charting their rise to become leaders during two decisive periods. Now the catalog for the show, which is published by Rizzoli, is hitting shelves.

The show compares Vuitton’s and Jacobs’s “obsession with a job well done, their penchant for innovation, and their influence over their respective ages are at the heart of this exhibit, which invites us to penetrate the intimacy of their imaginations,” says Helene David-Weill, president of Les Arts Décoratifs.

As Robin Givhan put it, the goal of the show “is not to tell a chronological story of how the LV monogram became a status symbol and how Jacobs transformed a luggage and handbag house into a fashion brand. Instead, it is meant to offer an impressionistic exploration of each man’s ‘ah-ha’ moments of inspiration and the ways in which they were connected.” See images from the book in the slides ahead.

© Archives Louis Vuitton

"Louis, Georges, and Gaston-Louis Vuitton and workshop employees, c. 1888."

© Archives Louis Vuitton

"Louis Vuitton poster advertisement, Paris and London, 1887."

Jean Tholance / Les Arts Décoratifs

Vuitton Ball Gown, c. 1870

© Archives Louis Vuitton

"Louis Vuitton factory of Asnières, Louis Vuitton catalogue, 1897."

© Christophe Kutner

"Graffiti Alma bag with prototype for matching gloves, from the Spring–Summer 2001 Collection ."

© Craig McDean / Courtesy of Art + Commerce

Vuitton Spring-Summer 2003

© Jean-Paul Goude

"Photograph of Marc Jacobs with Naomi Campbell by Jean-Paul Goude, 2007."

© Benoit Peverelli / Louis Vuitton

"Polaroid sequence for the Spring–Summer 2008 runway show, depicting Nurses inspired by Richard Prince."

© Sølve Sundsbø / Louis Vuitton

Spring-Summer 2012 runway presentation.

from left: © Louis Vuitton Archives; © Martin Morck. Courtesy of Louis Vuitton & Rizzoli

Left: "Portrait of Louis Vuitton, H. Rozier, 1892. Louis Vuitton Archives." Right: "Marc Jacobs illustration portrait by Martin Mörck based on a photograph by Rankin, 2011"