Stephen Sprouse is widely regarded as the artist and fashion designer who brought counterculture style to a broader American audience. A high-profile member of New York’s art, fashion and music scene, he rose to prominence in the early Eighties with his revolutionary fusion of uptown sophistication and downtown punk sensibility, gritty street style and glamorous high fashion.
In 2001, Sprouse was invited by Marc Jacobs to collaborate on Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer collection, where his now-legendary and collectible graffiti bags were an instant sell-out. Tragically, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Sprouse died of heart failure in 2004 at the age of 50.
His legacy continues to inspire today, as evidenced by this fabulous Pink Graffiti Trunk, Jacobs’ homage to LV’s 2001 Stephen Sprouse collection, which is part of an exhibit celebrating Vuitton’s 200th birthday, entitled 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries.
This designer collaboration is displayed in a room so pink even Barbie would blush! 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries is a free exhibit which runs through December 31, 2022 at the old Barney’s space on Madison Avenue and 61st Street. Timed entry can be reserved at This Link.