Founded as a leather goods house in 1854, Louis Vuitton launched its first fashion collection in 1998. Unprecedented global fame ensued, as did pioneering high-profile collaborations with artists such as Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and Stephen Sprouse.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of the house’s first women’s collection, Louis Vuitton Catwalk records the hugely influential collections designed by creative director Marc Jacobs (1998–2014) and Nicolas Ghesquière, who helms the brand today.
Every women's ready to wear collection is represented, as are Cruise collections since the arrival of Ghesquière onwards. Complete with an introduction by Jo Ellison and designer profiles and collection texts by Louise Rytter, this book offers a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the most iconic luxury brands in the world. With over 1,350 images, this treasure trove of inspiration will be the must-have reference for all fashion professionals and Louis Vuitton fans.
The first comprehensive overview of Louis Vuitton’s cutting-edge fashion collections, from their debut in 1998 to today, presented through original catwalk photography.
Founded as a leather goods house in 1854, Louis Vuitton launched its first fashion collection in 1998. Unprecedented global fame ensued, as did pioneering high-profile collaborations with artists such as Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and Stephen Sprouse.Catwalk Fashion show Books Photography
For Li Kunwu, as a Chinese artist, Cuba resonates strongly, the island’s history mirroring that of the Middle Kingdom.
“I’ve been hearing about Cuba since I was little. In the 1950s, our two countries developed excellent relations. Deep down, I always knew I’d go there one day.”
He marvels at the similarity of Cuban landscapes with the scenery in his native Yunnan and is captivated by these Cubans with their similar destiny. The passion he felt there followed him all the way to his studio, where he created over three hundred drawings, including inks, colours, lignes claires, portraits and landscapes. The diversity of styles reflects the intensity of his emotions and the profusion he encountered when he was in Cuba.
Li Kunwu grew up during the Mao era, in a China swept by the Cultural Revolution. A born artist, Li drew constantly, using his pens and brushes to carve out a path for himself and recount his journey.
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Rome as portrayed by Miles Hyman is like a woman, an elusive woman of mystery, seen on a street corner, in the shadows of a terrace or on a balcony.
Look away for an instant and she’s gone. Just like Rome. The city responds to his approach, offering up its beauty. It becomes “energetic and dynamic, charged with a fleeting beauty, joyous — the elements of the poetry in its everyday life”.
The city’s inhabitants take precedence over its monuments. “Today,” Miles Hyman says, “I realise that the Rome Travel Book could have been called Travel Book of the Romans. I absolutely wanted to capture the daily life of the inhabitants of this enchanting city with honesty and admiration — I am tempted to say “tenderness”. Why did I want to stress the human element of the city? Because, for me, the key to the city is the striking contrast between its ephemeral life and the eternal.
Miles Hyman is an illustrator of periodicals and adapts novels — most of them detective stories. He also writes graphic novels. His drawings give the impression that he could have been a writer, with a style somewhere in between that of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joseph Conrad, or even a film director. It can be seen in the line, in the depth of the colours.Travel Books Illustration
The special know-how inherent to Louis Vuitton emerges throughout the FW18 collection.
Within the season’s selection of ready-to-wear, shoes and leather goods, there are pieces that showcase the savoir-faire inherent to Louis Vuitton. Distinctive surface details play out as cascades of hand-embroidered beads atop a draped bustier, delicate chains affixed to tweed by hand, and silk gazar pleating realised from four hours of workmanship.
The Cannes bags in canvas, leather and crocodile receive hand-painted treatments, while lining is fastened and hardware is placed by hand on the collection’s must-have minaudière. From start to finish, the Headline shoe with its mix of black leather, white ostrich leather and python represents multiple stages of hand-assembly – the black dots are painted one by one, for instance.
Whether through construction or ornamentation, such effort speaks to traditional techniques upheld today. And to wear or carry these pieces is to show appreciation for the contemporary art of craft.Ready to Wear Nicolas Ghesquière
Playful patches put a vibrant spin on iconic Louis Vuitton leather goods and accessories.
Like a jolt of personality recognisable from afar, the new LV Stories series is easy to spot and fun to wear. Arranged across a Neverfull, Zippy wallet or Aftergame trainers, these upbeat accents bring out the extroverted side of various Louis Vuitton classics.
They introduce just the right amount of colour-infused, creative edge. Best of all, they come already affixed to the products, so the mix of motifs – including graphic LV initials, bold monogram flowers, and tattoo-inspired hearts – has been considered for maximum impact. Voguez for all to see!Leather Goods Monogram Fall-Winter LV Stories