Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Dresses His Handpicked Angels
You often hear about the relationship between an artist and his or her muse, but what does that relationship actually mean? How specifically does a muse influence the artist?
Hers magazine, in collaboration with InStyle, talked to Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière, about how his latest work and the ladies who affectionately adorned his clothes in a most “angelic” way.
As ambassadors for Louis Vuitton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sophie Turner, and Laura Harrier, have formed bonds with an easygoing camaraderie that did not gone unnoticed by Ghesquière. In fact, he said they represent the types of fierce, outspoken individuals who inspire him.
“I’m lucky because I get to watch two sides of them — the side where they portray different characters, like a romantic heroine and then a serial killer, and at the same time, I get to know them in real life,” Ghesquière says. “I love the fact that these young women are not afraid to cross boundaries and express themselves in many ways.”
For his InStyle shoot, Ghesquière, who is from France, became the mysterious “Charlie” to his muses. In the TV series, the female detectives never doubted Charles Townsend when he unleashed them on suspected wrongdoers. Similarly, Harrier, Turner and Moretz didn’t doubt Ghesquière when he handpicked them to serve as his muses in a creative and modernized photo shoot of the iconic Charlie’s Angeles.
To this day — 40 plus years to be exact — the first season of the TV detective series “Charlie’s Angels” is mythologized by audiences. The show came with ready-made female eye candy, but it also showed women in protagonist roles rarely seen before. In short, boys and men loved the jiggle, but girls and women could appreciate the trio’s moxie.
Growing up, there was nothing my female cousins wanted more than to be a Charlie’s Angel. Today, most young people picture Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu in the 2000 film when they think about the famous trio.
“They had a real sisterhood between them, and at the same time they were kicking ass,” says 28-year-old Harrier, explaining the Angels’ enduring allure.
Many creatives use muses for inspiration, and Ghesquière is no different. He invited Harrier, Turner and Moretz to represent Vuitton because women with similar inner strength inspire him.
“I always look up to women as being heroines, in a way,” he says. “What I hope is that when any woman wears these clothes, she will see them as an extension of her own personality.”
At the age of 15, Ghesquière got into the fashion business through various internships. He started as design assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier in 1991. After earning numerous recognitions and acclaim, including CFDA “International Designer” award in October 2001, he joined Louis Vuitton in November 2013 as artistic director of women’s collections.
A year after his arrival at Louis Vuitton, he was awarded Fashion Innovator of the year by the Wall Street Journal, then in December he received the British Fashion Award for best international designer of the year.
In creating this female “warrior” look for Vuitton, Ghesquière may have extended the cult following of the Angels brand while again demonstrating his styling genius.