Marc Jacobs's Fashion Evolution
Marc Jacobs was born in New York City in 1963. While a design student at Parsons School of Art and Design, Jacobs was the recipient of some of the school’s highest honors, including Design Student of the Year. In 1986, Jacobs designed his first collection with the Marc Jacobs label.
In a series of events now classed as fashion legend, he became the youngest designer ever to be awarded the fashion industry’s highest tribute: The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent, soon after which he was appointed Vice-President of Women’s Design at Perry Ellis, from which he was unceremoniously sacked after presenting his fabled Grunge Collection. In 1992, the CFDA once again bestowed Jacobs with a distinct honor: the Women’s Designer of the Year Award for the very collection that had earned his dismissal.
Other press worthy incidents for fact fans include Jacobs’ obsession with fitness, his penchant for dressing up in his own collections in photo shoots to promote the brand, his multi-coloured tattoos and for his devotion to his pet dog.
A recurring theme in Mr Jacobs' cool, ladylike mainline collection are recognisable shapes like a v-neck cardigan or a military jacket, but they are somehow improved tenfold from the original version. The sight of a Marc Jacobs piece unleashes the following sequence of desire: 1. That piece is beautiful. 2. I could wear that with all my clothes. 3. I must have it.
Juxtaposition of references is another Jacobs fingerprint - his Spring Summer 2008 collection was described as "Mary Poppins goes to Dubai/The King and I meets The Postman Always Rings Twice/Yves Saint Laurent's Ballet Russes collection redux". Every collection seems to have been inspired by a fresh aesthetic and while he may wear his influences on his sleeve, somehow he manages to build on, rather than destroy, his purloined styles.
The Marc Jacobs campaigns are just about as famous as the collections and his muses include Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Winona Ryder - even more after she was caught stealing his label from a department store - Dakota Fanning and Victoria Beckham, who have all been photographed by fashion photographer Juergen Teller for the unique ads.