Marc Jacobs On Why He's Not Moving to Dior: 'It Was Probably Best For Everyone'

10 January 2012 by

Marc Jacobs walks the runway during the Louis Vuitton Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2012 show during Paris Fashion Week

Marc Jacobs on the catwalk during the Louis Vuitton Spring / Summer 2012 show

UPDATE: Tuesday 10th January

For the latest installment in the Who's Moving To Dior? saga, we bring you an excerpt from Marc Jacobs' recent interview with the Telegraph. The designer reveals that although it was 'a great honour to be considered' for the role at the French fashion house, him and Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, agreed 'that it was probably best for everyone' if he remained in his current post at Louis Vuitton.

'Mr. Arnault is a super intelligent man and a very smart man and it was certainly a very great honour for him to know that I was capable — and not only capable but that I am someone that he would have wanted for the job,' Jacobs says. 'But I am very happy to be here. There is so much more left to do and building Louis Vuitton into a fashion company is something nobody else can say they really started.'


Jacobs also references the upcoming 'Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs' exhibit, which opens on 15th March in Paris. 'It's going to be a super animated, really great exhibition,' he says. 'I'm really proud of everyone here, proud for everyone here. As a New Yorker, I love Paris and I never in my wildest dreams as a teenager dreamed I would have a job working for this big luxury company. Now 15 years on, there is this thing at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre — it is really beyond my wildest dreams. It makes me very emotional — in a good way.' Aw, bless his cotton socks. We can't wait to see it!

UPDATE: Monday 19th December

Ah, what better than a Dior update to keep those Monday blues away? You’ll remember it was only a few months ago that everyone was convinced Marc Jacobs would be taking the throne at the French fashion house following John Galliano's ousting. His fashionable friends, including Anna Dello Russo, were adamant, salary discussions were under way and Phoebe Philo was being lined up for Louis Vuitton.

Then all went quiet on the MJ front. A new line-up of possible successors emerged and with rumours that Raf Simons of Jil Sander is the man for the job, the mumblings about Marc Jacobs stopped. So what happened?  

‘There have been on-and-off conversations about Dior,’ the designer reveals in an interview with US Vogue. ‘I don’t know; maybe someday in the future, maybe years from now, I may end up going someplace else, maybe Dior. But right now I am at Vuitton, and all that matters to me is that that’s where I am and I’m going to keep doing my thing.’

As for creating a couture line, as he would have to do for Dior, Jacobs says it’s an ‘archaic’ process that he’s never seen ‘as this great opportunity’. ‘With couture, one dress each season is photographed by a couple of magazines; there’s no advertising; it reaches 20 customers.’ So there you have it, folks, the final nail in the Jacobs for Dior coffin.

Lorenzo Martone and Designer Marc Jacobs attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards

Lorenzo Martone and Marc Jacobs attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards

The interview also sees the designer opening up about his mother who he hasn't spoken to in twenty years. ‘I hate this idea that you have to love somebody because they are your family,’ he says. ‘Nobody can tell me what I’m supposed to feel and who I am supposed to feel it for.’ But he reveals he’s still ‘best friends’ with ex-boyfriend Lorenzo Martone. ‘We speak to each other, I don’t know, six times a day… I imagine I will have days where I think, What’s this all for if I can’t share it with someone? But that’s not the way I’m feeling right now.’

To end on a cheerier note, Jacobs gets all poetic about the world of fashion. ‘Honestly, I think any woman who comes into our shop — she buys a dress because she likes it. She doesn’t really care what the references are or what a critic writes. Fashion isn’t a necessity. It pulls at your heart. It’s a whim. You don’t need it. You want it.’

Indeed we do, Mr Jacobs.


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