Now that Nicolas Ghesquière has been officially confirmed as Louis Vuitton’s new creative director, let’s take a look back at his 15 years of work at the house of Balenciaga.
Text: Leonidas Liolios
Following the rather shocking yet somewhat expected departure of Marc Jacobs’s from the helm of the french colossus, rumors started to spread about Balenciaga’s ex-creative-director Nicolas Ghesquière taking over. After all the buzz and speculations, the rumors were finally confirmed and the 42-years-old French designer was indeed named Louis Vuitton’s new creative director.
“Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration. I am very honoured of the mission that I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision.”, said Ghesquière earlier today.
In this occasion, let’s take a look back at his 15 years time career at Balenciaga, for which he has been an ultimate visionary who not only brought back the glare, but also added elements to the very maison’s identity.
In 1997, after having worked alongside one of the biggest names of fashion, french megamind Jean-Paul-Gaultier, he was chosen to replace Josephus Thimister at the age of 25 to lead the house of Balenciaga. In a series of critically acclaimed collections, he soon met ultimate success when he was named Vogue’s Avant-Guard designer of the year in 2000, while the CFDA had for next year a Womenswear Designer Award in stock with his name on it.
Even though what he brought to the house was clearly everything they needed it him to, he was not given access to the archives until the company was accquired by Gucci group in 2001. Since then, he started exlporing the magnificent world of the great Couturier Cristobal Balenciaga and reshaped his vision for the modern woman of today. Undeniably to die for, his collections went on becoming ultimate hits, and his taste for new propositions and styles was celebrated.
In his last year as the creative director of Balenciaga he collaborated with Kristen Stewart, a name interwoven with the craze for young Hollywood glamour. Her appearances on the red carpet though were critical and the brand’s name was instead of gaining fan points losing some. In November 2012, the house announced Ghesquière’s departure and the fashion industry got shocked once more.
Even though it is true that he has some huge shoes to fill in, with Marc Jacobs being his predecessor, I think for someone who has been more than once named the biggest designer of our times this will hardly be a struggle. The excitement is dead-on and we can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to the LV table.