Nicolas Ghesquière

Nicolas Ghesquière

Artistic Director of Women's Collections, Louis Vuitton

The designer who brought Balenciaga to the cutting edge, is now breathing new life into heritage brand Louis Vuitton.

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Biography

One of the most forward-thinking fashion designers in the world, Nicolas Ghesquière took the reins as the new artistic director of women’s collections at Louis Vuitton, following the exit of American designer Marc Jacobs. Ghesquière will show his first collection for the house in March.

It's thought that the appointment of Ghesquière will help re-energise and re-elevate Louis Vuitton’s fashion offering, restoring the brand's high luxury cachet, which has suffered in recent seasons.

Prior to joining Vuitton, Ghesquière spent a total of 15 years at Balenciaga, a once ailing womenswear house which he transformed into one of the most forward-thinking luxury brands in the world (and the most exclusive and sought-after ticket at Paris Fashion Week) with his complex vision, sculptural tailoring and use of ultra-modern fabrics.

Raised in the small town of Loudun in western France, Ghesquière announced at the age of 12 that he wanted to be a designer, though he admits this was partly from an adolescent desire to do something different from his parents and to alleviate boredom. At 14, he got an internship with French designer agnès b for which he was paid in clothes. 

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