Louis Vuitton’s Autumn/Winter 2020 show at the Louvre museum was set against a monumental display of 200 choir singers, each dressed in period wear, spanning from the 15th century to 1950, a vision curated by costume designer Milena Canonero, a frequent collaborator of Stanley Kubrick and Sofia Coppola. “I wanted a group of characters that represent different countries, different cultures, different times,” Ghesquière explained.
This season, Nicolas Ghesquière was thinking about history, the future, and the present, all through the lens of design. “I wanted to imagine what could happen if the past could look at us,” he said of his retrofuturistic collection. The show opened with a series of large ruffle skirts, made of leather and tulle, that were worn with chunky sportswear anoraks and vests. Tawny bourgeoise jackets and ‘70s shearling coats were mixed with motocross leather pants and patent lace trousers. Maximalist colour-blocking took to race car skirts, and pattern clashing flourished on layered sequin slip dresses. Finally, a finale of extravagant matador jackets concluded the kaleidoscopic show with baroque flourish.