Fashion

The Year of the Polka Dot: The Row & Damien Hirst, Vuitton & Yayoi Kusama, Supreme & Comme des Garçons

Fashion

The Year of the Polka Dot: The Row & Damien Hirst, Vuitton & Yayoi Kusama, Supreme & Comme des Garçons

It’s been a good year for dotty fashion/art collaborations. A few nights ago, the richest living twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, fêted their brand The Row’s new backpack collaboration with the richest living artist, Damien Hirst at Just One Eye in LA. The $55 000 patent leather Nile crocodile bags come decorated in Hirst signature Ikea-color-scheme and gold spots or in pharmaceuticals, as in Hirst’s The Void (2000).

The luxury high art collaboration recalls this summer’s Louis Vuitton with Yayoi Kusama joint effort, which included an LV sponsored Whitney retrospective of the artist, several LV sponsored public art projects, and a limited edition trippy LV collection designed with Kusama.

Months before that, in a much less luxurious but equally covetable collaboration, Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons covered hoodies and caps from the respected street wear label Supreme with CdG signature dots. The collection, which launched in March, was sold out online in less than one minute and the store lines were equally as impossible.

Looking for meaning amidst this field of dots? Perhaps best to listen to our elders. As wise Yayoi said, once upon a free love time, “Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dot, we become part of the unity of our environment.”