Louis Vuitton Funds Venice Pavilion Restoration

Louis Vuitton fall 2011 runway
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A look from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 runway

When the Venice Biennale opens June 1, it will have a major facelift courtesy of one particularly glam brand: Louis Vuitton.

The luxury giant announced March 30 that it will team up with Venetian yacht maker Arzana Navi to fund the restoration of the Venetian pavilion, one of 30 national pavilions at the Venice Biennale’s Park sight.

According to WWD, the building, built in 1932, has a leaky roof, crumbling walls, and crooked outside pavement, but the restoration will be completed by the contemporary art expo’s summer opening.

Vuitton isn’t the only fashion house committed to restoring Italy’s masterpieces, though: Diego Della Valle, chairman of the Tod’s Group, is funding the complete restoration of the Roman Colosseum—to the tune of €25 million (about $35.5 million U.S.).

Meanwhile, view the full Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 collection.