Louis Vuitton in 3-D
The fact that Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton have designed costumes for upcoming Tokyo opera The End isn’t terribly surprising—that is, until you learn that the opera’s lead, Japanese pop idol Hatsune Miku, isn’t a person but a 3-D “Vocaloid” projection with a computer-generated voice. Despite the fact that she’s, well, not real, Miku’s songs top the charts in Japan, and her concerts, where she appears as a hologram and interacts with fans, sell out entire stadiums. Basically, the teal-pigtailed superstar is a new-wave icon, and her operatic debut is expected to sell out in a flash. Opening in Tokyo this May, the show sees Miku trade her signature black schoolgirl uniform for some custom checkerboard designs from Vuitton’s Spring ’13 collection. A total of four looks were created for the opera, whose whole cast will consist of Vocaloids. The End will also be beamed in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet on November 13 and 15. Louis Vuitton’s sketches for the animated singer debut above.