Nicolas Ghesquiere has added another string to his bow by turning photographer for the new Louis Vuitton campaign.
Ghesquiere has been the creative director of the luxury fashion house since 2013, but has kept his passion for photography under wraps until now.
Spurred on to explore his shooting skills during the Covid-19 lockdown, the French designer approached his bosses, chief executive officer Michael Burke and executive vice president Delphine Arnault, with the idea of helming the fall campaign.
"It was something I wanted to do for a long time, in a very humble way," he admitted to WWD. "I thought it was interesting to add a new point of view for Vuitton, and they were kind enough to agree to take a risk on a very young, new photographer.
"(My motivation was to) show that I could have a point of view."
Ghesquiere added that he has long admired the work of pros like Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, and Juergen Teller, all of whom he has worked with over the years.
He assembled an impressive cast for the stills, including actress Lea Seydoux, British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, and transgender model Krow Kian.
Recalling the shoot, Seydoux heaped praise on Ghesquiere's skills behind the camera.
"As with everything he does, Nicolas was a pro. He knew exactly what he wanted, talked me through the brief and took the time to explain what he wanted to achieve. He guided the team and me throughout the session, creating a really relaxed atmosphere, so we got the shot very quickly," she smiled.
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