Nicolas Ghesquiere has set his sights on becoming more involved in social activism.
The French fashion designer is one of the most successful names in the industry, having worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga before landing the coveted position of Louis Vuitton’s head womenswear designer in 2013.
However, in a new interview with Out magazine, in which he was named as one of the Out100 honorees, Ghesquiere explained that he wants to do more to support causes closes to his heart.
“I’m not taking the voice of someone we’d call an activist today,” he said. “But if I had more time, I would do more and more. Maybe in the future I will. But the way that I do it (now) is with the respect, the attraction, and the inspiration to showcase people like (Scottish music producer) Sophie, (transgender model) Krow, or others I work with who express this way of being. They’re people I want to stand by.”
Ghesquiere’s interview took place shortly before he hit headlines for criticising Louis Vuitton’s parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with Donald Trump last month, after the U.S. President attended the opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas. The American leader has attracted controversy in the past regarding his divisive policies relating to minority groups.
“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” the 48-year-old wrote on his Instagram page.
Elsewhere in the Out discussion, the openly gay Ghesquiere spoke about how his sexuality has informed his creative process.
“The sense that being gay gives me, it’s an asset for being inspired. Maybe it’s sometimes pushing my own limits – the limits I could have just for being gay – or maybe it’s making my imagination go forward, to another territory that belongs to fantasy, to freedom,” he shared. “I think it has an influence in the way I design where, sometimes, pragmatism and function can have a limit.”
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