Off-White™ c/o Virgil Abloh x The Louvre Museum Capsule Collection
Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Virgil Abloh has collaborated with The Louvre to mark the occasion with his capsule collection launched on December 13. The capsule collection will be featured ahead of the museum’s seminal exhibition of the artist next year. The collection comprises of many pieces amongst the white oversized hoodie which appears in its campaign images. The cosy, relaxed fit piece comes with a black Louvre Arrows print to the rear, Off-White™’s signature elongated drawstring tie fastenings, dropped shoulders, long sleeves, and a handy kangaroo pocket, as Highsnobiety puts it.
The capsule collection will be exclusively available in the Louvre gift shop, and e-commerce, farfetch.com, off—white.com, and also in-store at Off-White Paris, Off-White Milan, EM_PTY Gallery, and Browns. The prices of each of the pieces from the collection range from £240 to £435. With this collection, Virgil Abloh also explored the idea of working with pieces that a wider audience perhaps has not been exposed to.
The Louvre’s permanent collection includes various works by Da Vinci, including the ‘Mona Lisa’ and 22 drawings and sketches. The exhibition will open to the public on February 24, 2020, and will honour 500 years since the artist’s death. Abloh also described his collection and 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. I think that Leonardo da Vinci was maybe the first artist to live by that principle, and I am trying to as well.”
Printed on t-shirts and hoodies, the graphic illustrations intertwine da Vinci’s paintings with Off-White’s trademark logos, such as the diamond arrows and captions. Among the featured works are da Vinci’s Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist and an angel, known as the Virgin of the Rocks, and Saint Anne, the Virgin Mary, and the infant Jesus playing with a Lamb, known as Saint Anne, woven with the master’s iconic drawings.