Vuitton Confirms Nicolas Ghesquière as Creative Director of Louis Vuitton

The former Balenciaga designer, who catapulted Balenciaga to become one of the hottest tickets in Paris, is to succeed Marc Jacobs as artistic director of women’s collections, effective immediately.

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After starting his career working for designers including Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler, Ghesquière signed on at Balenciaga as a freelancer to design uniforms and wedding dresses for the Japanese market.

He was promoted to creative director of Balenciaga in 1997, transforming it into one of the most influential French brands and most coveted tickets during Paris Fashion Week.

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Ghesquière, 42, is to show his first collection for the French luxury firm next March.

According to WWD (Womens Wear Daily), Vuitton said Ghesquière would bring “a modern creative vision to the house’s women’s collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality.”

For his part, Ghesquière tells the trade, “Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration. I am very honored 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.”

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He is sure to bring a new gust of fashion excitement to Vuitton, and perhaps crystalize a new feminine image for the heritage brand, which will mark its 160th anniversary in 2014. (WWD)

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