Name: Nicolas Ghesquière
Date of birth: 9 May 1971
Occupation: Artistic director of Women's Collections at Louis Vuitton
How he got started:
Nicolas Ghesquière worked as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier in the early '90s for a few years, after which he went freelance. He then went to Balenciaga in 1995, and in 1997, he replaced Josephus Thimister as creative director. The French fashion designer held helm at Balenciaga for 15 years until his shock departure in November 2012. Almost a year later, in November 2013, Louis Vuitton announced that Ghesquière would be the new artistic director of women's collections, following Marc Jacobs' exit.
His ultra-modern touch at Balenciaga made the brand relevant again, re-introducing it to a younger fan base. Ghesquière received the 2001 International Designer Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and in 2007, was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In December 2014, he was named International Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Awards.