The Louis Vuitton fashion show within the Salk Institute’s courtyard on May 12, 2022. Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images, provided by the Salk Institute.
The Salk Institute recently opened its iconic campus to Louis Vuitton for a private fashion show presenting the brand’s Cruise 2023 collection. This event was the first of its kind to be held at this location.
As noted by the Institute, the use of space, natural light, materials, and bold lines throughout the Louis Kahn-designed structure was a fitting setting for the French fashion label’s showcase. Its travertine courtyard was converted into a temporary runway, framed by the two mirrored concrete buildings. At the center of the courtyard, the Institute’s “River of Life” water feature cut through the runway. Guests were able to enjoy both the show and views of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
“Salk has a global reputation as ‘a cathedral to science, an homage to art,” said Salk President Rusty Gage. “The Institute’s founder, Jonas Salk, understood that art and science come from the same creative source. It was his intention that his Institute become a place where scientists and artists could both find inspiration, and we’re honored that Louis Vuitton found inspiration here.”
This isn’t the first collaboration between the Salk Institute and Louis Vuitton. The Institute was featured as the location of the Louis Vuitton 2019 Travel Campaign, which was followed by another feature in the LV Book #10 — The California Issue.