Launched in 2016, the “Fashion Eye” collection of superb travel photography books celebrates the art of travel synonymous with Louis Vuitton since 1854, inspiring new dreams of escapades. This spring the “Fashion Eye” series adds two new titles, Kyoto by Mayumi Hosokura and Normandie, by Jean Moral.
Louis Vuitton captures the soul of travel with stunning photography. The custom-crafted “Fashion Eye” series gives exquisite luxury treatment to the paper, binding, layout and printing techniques. The editorial approach spotlights both emerging talents and legendary photographers who explore a country, region, city or place. The collection includes Osma Harvilahti photographs of Saint Tropez, Jeanloup Sieff’s visual take on Paris, and photos of the Orient Express by Sarah Moon. This dialogue between contemporary creation and archive visuals adds new chapters today with photographer Mayumi Hosokura, born in 1979, and photographs taken in the 1930s by Jean Moral, who passed away in 1999.
The city of Kyoto as seen by Mayumi Hosokura is infused with a mysterious chameleon blue. From the cover to the photographs, blue shifts from indigo to sea-green shades. The Japanese photographer, who studied both literature and photography, explores the contrasts of her native city, revealing both its ancient past as imperial capital and its vibrant modernity today. Viewed through her lens, the shadows of trees cohabit with diaphanous bodies decorated with tattoos. Mayumi Hosokura elegantly depicts little known secrets of Kyoto, bathed in silence far from tourism and urban bustle.
The red cover of Normandie echoes the blue of the Kyoto tome. The photos by Jean Moral are not of the well-known French region but rather the famous ocean liner christened Le Normandie. An illustrator and graphic artist, Jean Moral began as an amateur photographer. His talent was noted by the famous American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar in 1933. On assignment for the magazine he immortalized Le Normandie in photos shot during the winter of 1934-1935. His black and white photographs offer an intimate perspective of passengers and crew members alike, all as supporting cast to the star, the ship itself, creating an absolutely fascinating and timeless voyage.
These new “Fashion Eye” albums are available at Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com from March 2021, as well as selected bookstores from April 8, 2021.