Louis Vuitton And Marc Jacobs To Team Up With Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku, the ever popular singing ‘Vocaloid’ is getting star treatment thanks to a fashion overhaul. Marc Jacobs, the artistic director of the Louis Vuitton fashion brand has decided to collaborate with digital music artist Keiichiro Shibuya and stage director Toshiki Okada for Miku’s upcoming vocaloid opera.
The opera, titled “THE END”, will feature no human singers nor a real orchestra. Instead, the opera will be performed entirely by digital Vocaloid singers like Hatsune Miku. In place of performers on stage, video of the vocaloids will be displayed performing, singing and presumably, dancing.
Jacobs and his studio have come up with several looks and designs for Miku with one (image below left) featuring the vocaloid in a checkered outfit and metallic stilettos which will also be part of Vuitton’s upcoming spring collection.
This is also the very first time that a clothing design from Louis Vuitton will lack its usual monogram symbol. In place of the monogram, the design will be using a pattern closely related to Vuitton’s diamond pattern. The standard Vuitton purse shape has also been altered into a more square design to accentuate to the geometric pattern.
In addition to the talents of Okada and Shibuya, character design and video production will be headed up by Masaki Yokobe. Masaki is known for his work in artwork, video game design, anime development and music video production.
THE END was originally scheduled for 2 shows on the 1st and 2nd of December but due to popularity, tickets were quickly sold out. Two additional performances were scheduled on the 2nd and 3rd of December with those showings also quickly selling out. Fans will likely have to wait for the concert DVD to be released if they want to catch the show.
Another Hatsune Opera concert will be held at the Theatre du Chatelet Opera House in Paris, November 13th & 15th 2013. If you’re in Tokyo, you can catch an earlier showing at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall on May 23rd and 24th.
The Paris show will be using seven high-resolution projectors which will output more than 10,000 lumens of hi-def Miku Hatsune. Combined with cutting edge 10.2ch surround sound and concert goers will be in for an audio & visual treat.