Louis Vuitton fashion collection influenced by Modernist architect Charlotte Perriand - DeZeen
The life and work of Modernist architect Charlotte Perriand is referenced in this womenswear collection by French fashion house Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton's Spring Summer 2014 Icônes collection coincides with the creation of a previously unrealised beach house by Perriand during this year's Design Miami exhibition.
Perriand's investigations into standardisation and modular furniture led Louis Vuitton's designers to create garments that can be matched with each other in various combinations.
Returning from Japan in the 1940s, the French architect wrote: "A new way of living awaited me there: work, leisure, discovery, representation. I had made up my wardrobe with interchangeable 'modules,' as in my investigations of standardisation: four skirts, long or short, for the lower body and sweaters, blouses and bustiers for the top, all of which combined to give me at least 16 possibilities."
This idea also informed adaptable garments including a reversible yellow jacket with removable sleeves. The bold colours and geometric shapes of Perriand's designs influenced the tones and prints used throughout the collection.
Complimentary colours such as blue and orange are used together to create high contrast, while gingham checks and earthy tones add to the 1940s aesthetic. Expandable bags are designed to be easily changed for different occasions.
Charlotte Perriand is best known for her work with fellow Modernist designers Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé during the mid-twentieth century. Since her death in 1999, she has become more widely recognised as a designer in her own right as the result of exhibitions that featured her work, including MoMA's Designing Modern Women.