Glee alum Dianna Agron, 27, star of the new film The Family (she plays De Niro’s daughter!), just took the trip of our style dreams—to Venice, Italy, with Louis Vuitton. She tells us everything!
I have to be honest; I didn’t use to be the kind of girl who’s into luxe, extra-ordinary shoes or clothes. For one thing, I couldn’t afford them, but looking back, I think that was only part of the reason. A year and a half ago I had a fashion revelation. Let me explain.
There’s a great scene in the old movie Funny Face when Audrey Hepburn’s character is standing at the train station, posing and crying while the photographer, Fred Astaire, takes her picture. I couldn’t help but think of that cinematic moment when I was seated front row in Paris at my very first fashion show, the fall 2012 Louis Vuitton “train” show, where the venue was transformed into an old-timey train station. Taking in all the glitz and glam, I felt transformed too. From that point on, fashion was going to play a big role in my world. Fast-forward, and there I was with Louis Vuitton again, this time in gorgeous Venice, Italy, a city I was visiting for the first time. This place was picture-perfect: the way the haze lingered in the morning, the colors, the people, the food. It was all magnificent. But forget the scenery—I was there to get a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion I’d just started to admire. Louis Vuitton had invited me to come see its Fiesso d’Artico factory outside of Venice, where all the brand’s shoes are made. Here, a few things I learned:
1. Fashion is art. Such incredible work-manship goes into every piece. At the LV factory I saw workers making shoes from scratch, and I even got to hammer a locket onto a heel myself! I used to see clothes and shoes as just, well, clothes and shoes. Not anymore. The pieces I wore in Venice were exquisite—each its own work of art.
2. Fashion can change the way you feel about yourself—and how you’re seen. I’m usually low-key, but when LV dressed me, I felt somehow mischievous and fabulous at the same time. But also, when I wore those gorgeous dresses and heels, I was reminded that, as an actress, the style choices I make influence how directors think of me. There’s power in fashion.
3. Last but not least, I must say, when life’s big moments happen, it’s awfully nice to be dressed for them. One of the best parts of the trip—besides going home with amazing new shoes—was when a group of young Italian girls ran up to me on the street and told me they loved me in Glee. It was one of the moments actors live for. I’m so glad I was dressed up for it.