Global apparel retailer UNIQLO today announces the launch of The Louvre x Yu Nagaba collection. This UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) collaboration collection, part of the partnership between UNIQLO and the Musée du Louvre, features masterpieces from the museum’s collections illustrated with the simple and soft touch characteristic of graphic artist Yu Nagaba, presenting a fresh perspective on Western art. The Louvre x Yu Nagaba collection will be available at all UNIQLO stores in the Philippines and through uniqlo.com/ph from Monday, February 14.
Commenting on the collection, Yu Nagaba said, “When I started expressing myself in the simple lines I use today, the first painting I emulated was the Mona Lisa. I thought the best way to show off this style would be through an image that people already know and love. So it was deeply meaningful for me to return to the Mona Lisa for this project and I really enjoyed the process of finishing the pieces while closely examining the characteristics of the original artworks.”
Yu Nagaba illustrations spark the imagination from the original works of the Louvre
The collection draws on a variety of motifs from the more than 35,000 works displayed in the Louvre, including Greek sculpture, European painting, and Egyptian art. The illustrations by Yu Nagaba are minimalist while conveying respect and admiration for the original pieces.
Partnership between UNIQLO and the Musée du Louvre
The partnership between UNIQLO and the Musée du Louvre, launched in January 2021, includes a series of ongoing collaboration collections from UT, as well as support from UNIQLO for several educational programs held at the Louvre. In addition, UNIQLO RIVOLI, which opened in 2021 near the Louvre on Rue de Rivoli, hosts special exhibits and workshops in collaboration with the museum, providing visitors with the opportunity to easily engage with art in the store.
About Yu Nagaba
Born 1976 in Tokyo. At the age of 10, he moved to Turkey for his father’s work and studied painting under an oil painting artist. After graduating from Tokyo Zokei University, he began his creative activities while working as a graphic designer for T-shirts at an apparel company. Currently active in various fields such as magazines, books, advertisements, and collaborations with apparel brands. As an artist, he has held solo exhibitions in Tokyo, New York and Taiwan, attracting attention both in Japan and abroad.
About the Musée du Louvre
The royal palace, the Louvre has embraced the history of France for eight centuries. Open to the public since 1793, the Louvre collections are among the finest in the world, encompassing several thousands of years and spread across a large territory from America to the confines of Asia. Divided among eight departments, the collections feature works admired throughout the globe, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo.
After the French Revolution, the Louvre was created as a place where artists could admire the great masters and look for inspiration. Even today, the Louvre remains a place of inspiration for the greatest contemporary creators, architects, painters, sculptors, dancers, and musicians.
Launch date: Monday, February 14, 2022
Lineup: The Louvre x Yu Nagaba UT Collection
Adults T-shirts 4 designs Php 790
Availability: All UNIQLO stores and the uniqlo.com/ph online store
UT Feature Page: https://www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/spl/ut-collection