The Best And Biggest Runway Moments Of Marc Jacobs' 16-Year Tenure At Louis Vuitton

02 October 2013 by

Since his initial appointment as Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton in 1997 Marc Jacobs has always provided the fantasy of what a catwalk show should be. Whether we’re talking about runway theatrics and extraordinary set design, the many famous models and occasional celebrities who have made their debuts or most talked-about moments during an LV show, or quite simply, the marvellous, dreamy, and always trend-sparking clothing and accessories, Mr Jacobs introduced more than just stonking ready-to-wear and ‘it’ bags to the French luxury label.

Marc Jacobs takes his bow on the Spring/Summer 2014 Louis Vuitton runway [Rex]

In more recent years, as many runways have morphed into a homogenous landscape of white backdrops, same-same music and matching models, LV’s shows have become increasingly grand. From pastel-coloured frothy carousels complete with a guipure-lace and feather-clad Kate Moss through to a giant replica steam train, flourished with porters and inspired by Downtown Abbey, Marc vibrant visions always come to life with the kind of aplomb that drops jaws across front-rows and keeps fashion chatter a-happening for months later.

Louis Vuitton's dramatic Spring/Summer 2014 set [Rex]

This morning’s show – which was confirmed as his last for the heritage brand – was no exception. In fact, the moody all-black set was a melange of his greatest hits from the past few seasons: escalators (S/S’13), a carousel (S/S’12) and hotel room doors (A/W’13) were offset with a giant train station-worthy clock (a nod to Jacobs’ famously prompt starting times?) and made even more romantic by a fully functioning water fountain. Dedicated to the ‘showgirl’ in each and every one of the women who inspire him – including Coco Chanel and long time collaborator Katie Grand – it was not only show-stopping, but touching, too. We look back through some of the most significant runway moments of his inimitable 16-year tenure…

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GALLERY >> Scroll through for Marc Jacobs' best Louis Vuitton moments. First: Edie Campbell at today's S/S'14 show.

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The slip dress has become quite the Marc Jacobs signature: this one is from autumn/winter 2013

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50 hotel room doors played set to LV's autum/winter 2013 ladies of the night...

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Seeing double? Models exited in graphic-print pairs down the LV escalators of spring/summer 2013

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Choo! Choo! It was all aboard the LV Express for autumn/winter 2012

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Kate Moss making one of her many LV final looks; off the carousel and into spring/summer'12's frou-frou collection

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And here's the autumn/winter 2011 set - inspired by The Night Porter

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Marc's maids did the runway with their hands cuffed behind the backs and all manner of kinky extras for autumn/winter 2011

Eastern promise meets disco for Vuitton's spring/summer 2011 show

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Bosomy supers like Lara Stone were perfect for Marc's autumn/winter 2010 collection

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The afros! The bag pom-poms! The monogrammed denim! Spring/summer 2010 was a visual feast

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The bunny ears beloved of Rihanna and Madonna hit the runway for autumn/winter 2009

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Marc's ultra-luxe tribal shoes were a massive hit of spring/summer 2009

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Richard Prince joke-emblazoned bags and saucy nurses made up part of the spring/summer 2008 collection

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Thought Celine did laundry bags first? Not so. Here's LV spring/summer 2007

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The Sprouse scarf phenomenon of autumn/winter 2006 and beyond...

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Hi Christina Ricci! Spring/summer 2005 sees the Hollywood starlet take to the catwalk

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A 16 year old Lily Cole hits the Vuitton runway in 2004: the collection was plaid-tastic.

For Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2002 MJ's peasant dresses were a boho smash.

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Sprouse bag mania on the 2001 spring/summer Louis Vuitton catwalk

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Claudia Schiffer on the spring/summer 2000 LV runway

Naomi Campbell and Jade Parfitt on the first Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2009

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Marc's debut show for Louis Vuitton shows Kirsty Hume in a vert minimal autumn/winter 1998 look


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