UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer’s UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) brand launched a collaboration collection with Musée du Louvre. This commemorative series is part of a partnership between UNIQLO and the Louvre that will begin from 2021. This collection, which expresses historical masterpieces such as Mona Lisa through the unique interpretations of UT, is refined LifeWear based on the shared desire of UNIQLO and the Louvre to color life through art.
The Men’s UT line, created by English graphic artist Peter Saville, is designed around the theme of “Art and Logic.” Saville has focused on the logic hidden in art – such as the inventory numbers assigned to the works held in the Musée du Louvre, or the “golden ratio” used in the composition of numerous artworks – and incorporated these elements into the designs. To showcase the breadth of the men’s collection, representative works were selected from four of these departments. Well-known works such as the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo are reinterpreted through Saville’s urbane graphic style.
“I was intrigued by the fact that at the Louvre, the world-famous Mona Lisa is known as painting ‘No. INV 779,’ which is its internal inventory number. I was inspired by that. Like many people, when I look at works of art I’m also conscious of their constituent geometry.
I thought that exploring that viewpoint on a T-shirt would be appropriate for this UT / Louvre collaboration,” Saville said.
A Women’s line with UT original designs is also available. It centers on numerous works with a “woman” motif left by the great masters, such as the Mona Lisa with her enigmatic smile, the devoted Holy Mother in La belle jardinière, and the sensual The Odalisque. Paired with floral motifs, the figures blossom vividly on the T-shirts.