Louis Vuitton visits Kyoto for 2018 Cruise Collection

Fashion & Leather Goods


After Palm Springs in 2015 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Louis Vuitton this year headed to Kyoto in Japan to present its Cruise Collection. Expressing the spirit of travel and being on the road, the 2018 Cruise Collection designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton Creative Director for Women’s Collections, fuses fashion, nature and architecture. 

To present a 2018 Cruise Collection, Louis Vuitton selected an extraordinary setting that bridges urban and nature, nestled in a hidden valley.  With a blend of exoticism and modernity, the Miho museum designed by architect I. M. Pei in 1997 in Shigaraki, to the southwest of Kyoto in a luscious surrounding forest, hosted a fashion show for the first time in its history.

Nicolas Ghesquière opened a new chapter for the Maison with a collection that pays tribute to designer Kansaï Yamamoto, who inspired an entire generation of Japanese designers to present their creations in France.


Modern and traditional…Western and Oriental…the clothes evoke the question of evolution. The pieces recall the samurai with figurative engraving, ceremonial dress, martial arts uniforms, the dramaturgy of Kurosawa films or the distinctive melancholy of Kitano’s movies. 

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Pantsuits and architectural tunics feature designs inspired by the paintings of Kokusai. Interwoven jersey and leather sweaters call to mind the armor of Japanese warriors. Japanese cultural references include evening dresses gleaming with Noh theater gold, while handbags and clutches are decorated with Kabuki masks.