Nicolas Ghesquiere


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Nicolas Ghesquière was born in Comines in the north of France in 1971.

At the age of 15, he learned his way into the fashion business through various internships. After completing his studies he started as design assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier in 1991. In 1995 he joined Balenciaga where he was appointed creative director in 1997 and was quickly acclaimed for his sculpted, futuristic silhouettes and Parisian chic.

For three seasons he designed for different companies including the Italian based house of Callaghan. In October 2001 he received the CFDA “International Designer” award. In 2006 he was elected by Times Magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world and he was made “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” in 2007 by the French government. He is hailed as one of the most intriguing designers of his generation and is widely credited for launching trends that have resonated throughout the world.

On November 5th, 2013, Nicolas Ghesquière joined Louis Vuitton where he was appointed Artistic Director of Women’s collections. In November 2014, 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.

Louis Vuitton (2013-Present)
Balenciaga (1997-2012)
Jean Paul Gaultier (1990-1992)


The Impression 250 is a hand-selected list of fashion’s leading creatives shaping the global fashion narrative today.