This season, Ghesquière said he set the time machine to Belle Époque-era Paris."It's a part of French history that's very interesting in art, as well as culturally, in terms of emancipa- tion of women, and, of course, in literature with Proust,” he ex- plained. It's also a period that more or less coincided with the birth and rise of the house of Louis Vuitton. In the late 1800s, advances in con- struction and technology ushered in a new era of travel for the elite, to whom Monsieur Vuitton and his descendants catered with their monogram trunks.