New book looks back on two decades of Louis Vuitton shows

"Louis Vuitton: Catwalk" is a lavishly-produced book that looks back on twenty years of collections and shows by one of France's most prestigious luxury houses.

With 632 pages and more than 1,300 photographs, it turns a spotlight on the work of two legendary artistic directors at Louis Vuitton: Marc Jacobs and Nicolas Ghesquière.
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Founded in 1854 by trunk-maker Louis Vuitton, the eponymous luxury house did not launch a ready-to-wear collection until much later, in 1998, under Marc Jacobs, who continued to be the brand's creative director for 16 years. This period in the history of the French brand, and the subsequent reign of the man who took over from Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, are the focus of "Louis Vuitton: Catwalk".

Written by freelance curator, fashion author and editor Louise Rytter, and with an introduction by fashion editor Jo Ellison, the book looks back on two decades of ready-to-wear collections and shows with some 1,350 photographs. Fans of Louis Vuitton will rediscover cult pieces, spectacular settings, and the models that have marked the history of the luxury house.

Richly illustrated, with images of iconic looks, group pictures and close-ups on details, the book documents the development of the Louis Vuitton woman over the last twenty years.

Modern art, travel, cinema, and the world of showbusiness: the coffee-table book highlights the many sources of inspiration explored by the two creative directors, and how they were brought to life by famous models like Naomi Campbell, Freja Beha Erichsen, Kate Moss, Laetitia Casta and Bar Refaeli.

"Louis Vuitton: Catwalk" by Louise Rytter will retail for $75 and release in September.

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