Sought-after luxury streetwear brand, Off-White has just unveiled its latest capsule collection which was developed in collaboration with the most visited museum in the world, The Louvre Paris. The collection was commisioned to commemorate the museum’s Leonardo da Vinci tribute exhibit which celebrates the great Renaissance master’s outstanding contributions on the 500th anniversary of his death.
“I was fascinated with da Vinci early on - I was in my senior year at Wisconsin, taking an art class. I was super interested not only by his artworks but also by the influence he had in many disciplines besides art: science, engineering, architecture... To me, he symbolizes everything the Renaissance was,” said Virgil Abloh, Founder and Artistic Director of Off-White.
The collection, which is available for purchase at The Louvre gift shop in Paris, introduces a new take on Leonardo da Vinci’s most iconic works – as seen through to the eyes of Virgil Abloh himself. Consisting primarily of oversized hoodies and tees, Abloh redefines the notion of ‘wearable art’ by working some of da Vinci’s most recognisable paintings and sketches into Off-White’s signature logo placements and diamond arrow insignia.
Elaborating on his vision for the commemorative capsule, Abloh said, “I want to crash together these two worlds that are seemingly different: fashion and high art. It’s a crucial part of my overall body of work to prove that any place, no matter how exclusive it seems, is accessible to everyone. That you can be interested in expressing yourself through more than one practice and that creativity does not have to be tied to just one discipline. I think that Leonardo da Vinci was maybe the first artist to live by that principle, and I am trying to as well.”
Shot inside the Grande Galerie of the Louvre, the capsule imagery demonstrates Virgil Abloh’s visionary approach to classical art. The stark contrast between Off-White’s streetwear-inspired silhouettes against the celebrated historical elements of France’s national museum serves to highlight and connect the collection with its core inspiration.
“The Louvre has always been a place of life, of inspiration for the creators of each era. We are thrilled that Virgil Abloh’s eye on the Palace and the collections of the Louvre are at the heart of this multitalented artist’s creative process. Collaborating with Off-White is also a way for us to reach a new audience, a new manner to interest them in the Louvre, ” commented Adel Ziane, Director of External Relations at Musée du Louvre.
The Off-White x Musée du Louvre commemorative capsule collection starts is priced between Dhs1,305 to Dhs2,350 and is available at The Louvre giftshop in Paris, Farfetch.com and at select Off-White stores around the world.
All images courtesy of Off-White