Journal Article

Communicating Seduction. Luxury fashion advertisements in video campaigns



This study examines the different themes of communication that take place in video ad campaigns deriving from the French luxury fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Cartier and Hermès. By using semiology as a method we were able to recognize the themes of adventure, seduction, love and play in the videos. This study explores also how the myth becomes an important meaning-maker of the luxury commodity and fills it with sensations and pleasure. Unlike all other ads, we could see that the meaning of luxury in the Hermès’ ones was not directly connected to the objects per se but to the experience of human senses in contact with nature. We could further conclude that the visual communication of the ads has no need to be logical as long as it can seduce with its positive signs. The object of luxury constitutes a strong commu- nication tool helping the viewer to discover new places, to fall in love, to create magic and to experience the amusement of play. Embedded in recognizable social narratives, the objects in the moving image are provided with a seductive meaning able to support the eternal myth of luxury.

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    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Studies in Communication Sciences, Vol 18, Issue 2.
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About the Author

Paula von Wachenfeldt

Paula von Wachenfeldt is Associate Professor in Fashion Studies at Stockholm University. She is the author of several articles in the fields of fashion and cultural studies. Her research addresses, among other things, the first institutionalizati... Read more


von Wachenfeldt, P. (2019). Communicating Seduction. Luxury fashion advertisements in video campaigns. Studies in Communication Sciences, 18(2), pp. 353-363. Available at: [Accessed 2 Jul. 2022].