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Louis Vuitton's new campaign is gloriously retro

Louis Vuitton B movie cover poster campaign
(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

Louis Vuitton's latest collection is a glorious homage to sci-fi and horror books and films of the '70s. The fashion house has drawn on some mega stars to model for its Pre-Fall collection, including the likes of Jaden Smith, Sophie Turner, Robyn and Chloe Grace Moretz. (If you didn't know that 'Pre-Fall' was a season, you're not alone.)

To create the campaign, Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière photographed the stars in the new clothes, and then created made-up B movies or sci-fi or horror book covers around them. The results manage to be gloriously chic and modern, yet with a real retro edge. They may even be up there with some of the best poster designs ever made. Oh, and the clothes look good too.

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Louis Vuitton B movie cover poster campaign

There's a lot of style in those retro fonts (Image credit: Louis Vuitton)
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Louis Vuitton collection

Secret Spell reminds us of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

And if you think that some of the images have a dreamlike quality about them, you wouldn't be far off. According to Vogue, Robyn's cover was inspired by a dream she had where she meets a talking tiger. That became The Night Chaser.

The quirky campaign seems to be part of a trend for major fashion houses pushing the boat out with their collection campaigns. Earlier in the month, Gucci caused a major stir when it unveiled a bizarre new logo to promote its Fall Winter 2020 Men’s Collection. 

Swedish pop star Robyn's poster was inspired by a dream she had (Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

What's particularly interesting about Louis Vuitton's campaign is that it was the idea, rather than the clothes, that came first. "William Peter Blatty, who wrote The Exorcist, gave us the rights to print the cover of the book. It started there," Ghesquière told American Vogue.

"It’s such a great symbol for me to use a fiction and incorporate it into an outfit. I thought, what’s the reverse? To use the fiction as the illustration of the fashion. It’s a kind of a mirror effect in this action of representing them all in these different characters."

We think this is a stunning example of how effective use of character design and illustration can enhance a campaign. See our character design tips for more on creating your own worlds.

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