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ARTISTIC DIFFERENCES: Art and fashion are perfect bedfellows if you ask just about any luxury brand these days. Nearly every marquee fashion label imaginable has collaborated with an artist at one point or another. But there was definitely a collision between the two spheres in Japan recently. Louis Vuitton asked the Kobe Fashion Museum to remove a series of artworks by Mitsuhiro Okamoto from a recent group exhibition called “Fashion Kitan,” a museum spokeswoman confirmed. The artist constructed stuffed models of locusts from LV and Gucci logoed canvas as well as one in quilted leather à la Chanel. The museum spokeswoman confirmed that it removed the items from its display cases early last month, several weeks before the exhibition closed. A Vuitton Japan spokeswoman confirmed the company’s intellectual property department contacted the museum but declined further comment on the issue. For his part, Okamoto posted a statement on his Web site entitled “Louis Vuitton destroys culture!” He said the French company also asked the museum to stop selling his show catalogue and take down his exhibition posters. “Louis Vuitton has begun fighting with me…soon we may be in court,” he wrote. “I wonder why Louis Vuitton cannot distinguish between artwork and fake name brand bags….I think this is a serious infringement on freedom of expression, don’t you think so?”

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