Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He
is the head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs, as well
as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores
in 80 countries. He was the creative director of the French design
Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014. Jacobs was on Time magazine's
"2010 Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the
world, and ranked number 14 on Out magazine's 2012 list of "50 Most
Powerful Gay Men and Women in America".
1 Early life and education
Marc Jacobs stores
4 Personal life and causes
5 See also
7 External links
Early life and education
Marc Jacobs was born to a non-observant Jewish family in New York
City. When he was seven, his father, an agent at the William
Morris Agency, died. His mother, who remarried three times, was
“mentally ill” and “didn’t really take care of her kids”,
according to Jacobs. As a teenager, he went to live with his
paternal grandmother on the Upper West Side, in an apartment in the
Majestic on Central Park West.
He attended the
High School of Art and Design
High School of Art and Design and studied at the
Parsons School of Design in New York. While at Parsons in 1984,
Jacobs won the
Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, Chester Weinberg Gold
Thimble Award, and Design Student of the Year Award. He also won an
award in 1991 from the Council of
Fashion Designers of America.
At age 15, Jacobs worked as a stockboy at Charivari, a now-defunct
avant-garde clothing boutique in New York City. While still at
Parsons, Jacobs designed and sold his first line of hand-knit
sweaters. He also designed his first collection for Reuben Thomas,
Inc., under the Sketchbook label. With Robert Duffy, Jacobs's creative
collaborator, and business partner since the mid-1980s, he formed
Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc.
Marc Jacobs logo
In 1986, backed by Onward Kashiyama USA, Inc., Jacobs designed his
first collection bearing the
Marc Jacobs label. In 1987, Jacobs was
the youngest designer to have ever been awarded the fashion industry's
highest tribute, the Council of
Fashion Designers of America's Perry
Ellis Award for "New
Fashion Talent". In 1988, Jacobs and Duffy
joined the women's design unit of
Perry Ellis as creative
director/vice president and president, respectively, following the
death of its namesake and founder. In addition, Jacobs oversaw the
design of the various women's licensees. In 1992, the Council of
Fashion Designers of America awarded Jacobs with The Women's Designer
of the Year Award. In the same year, he designed a "grunge" collection
for Perry Ellis, leading to his dismissal.
In the fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. launched their own
licensing and design company:
Marc Jacobs International Company,
L.P. In 1994, Jacobs produced his first full collection of
menswear. In 1997, Jacobs was appointed Louis
Vuitton's creative director, where he created the company's first
ready-to-wear clothing line. Jacobs has collaborated with many
popular artists for his
Louis Vuitton collections, including Stephen
Takashi Murakami and most recently American artist Richard
Prince and rapper Kanye West,
Marc Jacobs in Porto.
In the spring of 2001, Jacobs introduced his secondary line, Marc by
Marc Jacobs. In 2005, Look was the Marc by Marc Jacobs
ready-to-wear license holder in Japan with retail value of €50
million. In 2006, Jacobs started a new line of body-splash
fragrances in affordable huge ten-ounce bottles which are distributed
by Coty. First only being sold in perfume boutiques, they have become
more and more popular during the recent years. In 2007 filmmaker Loïc
Prigent released a documentary film about Jacobs entitled Marc Jacobs
and Louis Vuitton. In February 2008, Jacobs was accused of
plagiarizing a scarf design created in the 1950s by Swedish designer
Gösta Olofsson. Jacobs settled the matter by offering monetary
compensation to Olofsson’s son. In 2009, Jacobs launched a
shirt, sold at his stores, demanding the legalization of gay
marriage. In May 2009, Jacobs co-hosted, with fashion model Kate Moss,
a "model and muse"-themed gala for the
New York City
New York City Metropolitan
Museum of Art's Costume Institute.
In February 2010, Jacobs sued
Ed Hardy for infringing on the designs
of one of his embroidered handbags. In the course of the
Berlin in July 2011 Jacobs was the patron
of the young talent award “Designer for Tomorrow by Peek &
Cloppenburg”. The five finalists were selected by Jacob and the
juryboard and received a personal coaching by Jacobs. The juryboard
and Jacobs appointed the winner of 2011 during the DfT award
show. In August 2011, it was reported that Jacobs may
John Galliano as creative director of Christian Dior.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Jacobs “firmly laid to rest
rumours that he was to move to Christian Dior” in January 2012,
but rumours prevail.
In February 2013, Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet
Coke. In honor of the brand's 30th anniversary, Jacobs will spend one
year where he is slated to give the brand a "stylish and
light-hearted" makeover. In March 2013, the New York Daily News
revealed that the "faux fur" used in many
Marc Jacobs garments is
actually the fur from raccoon dogs from China.
In October 2013, after the Spring – Summer 2014 show, it was
Marc Jacobs will leave
Louis Vuitton to focus on his own
On January 9, 2014 it was announced that Jacobs's new Spring-Summer
collection would feature actress/singer
Miley Cyrus photographed by
On February 26, 2014, it was announced that actress Jessica Lange
would be the new face of
Marc Jacobs Beauty. In addition, it was
announced that Lange would be featured in the brand's summer and fall
print ad campaign photographed by David Sims, and would also star in a
short campaign film directed by Jacobs, which will start streaming
online May 5, 2014. Previously, Jacobs dressed and interviewed
Lange for Love Magazine's fifth anniversary issue, and had her provide
a spoken-word version of
Happy Days Are Here Again
Happy Days Are Here Again as the soundtrack
for his autumn/winter 2014 show.
For the first time
Marc Jacobs decided to rely on social media to cast
models for Marc by
Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign and with
its success he has done it again for Spring/Summer 2015 with
photographer David Sims, with models including Aaron Whitty, Abigail
Lipp, Amy Woodman, Ana Viktoria, Dylan Stevens, Eb Eunbi, Lindsay
Lurgin, MacKenzie Cockerill, Nadia Kishlan and Toks Adewetan.
In February 2018,
LVMH confirmed that Baja East co-founder John Targon
Marc Jacobs as "creative director of contemporary."
Fashion Designers of America:
Womenswear Designer of the Year, 2016
Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
Womenswear Designer of the Year, 2010
Accessory Designer of the Year, 2005
Accessory Designer of the Year, 2003
Menswear Designer of the Year, 2002
Accessory Designer of the Year, 1999
Accessory Designer of the Year, 1998
Womenswear Designer of the Year, 1997
Womenswear Designer of the Year, 1992
Womenswear Designer of the Year, 1991
Marc Jacobs stores
Marc Jacobs storefront in New York City
In Summer 2013, there were 285
Marc Jacobs retail stores (including
Marc Jacobs &
Marc Jacobs Collection) in 60 countries. In
2013 December, the new
Marc Jacobs flagship store opened in
In March 2015,
Marc Jacobs announced the end of his secondary brand
Marc Jacobs in order to focus on the development of his main
Marc Jacobs and to target to more luxury oriented audience.
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Explaining his clothes, Jacobs has said "what I prefer is that even if
someone feels hedonistic, they don't look it. Curiosity about sex is
much more interesting to me than domination. ... My clothes are not
hot. Never. Never." The audience for his fashion shows typically
includes celebrities like
Kim Gordon and Vincent Gallo. Guy
Trebay, a critic for The New York Times, in response to Oscar de la
Renta's comment that a coat designed by Jacobs closely resembled one
that de la Renta had designed thirty years earlier, wrote that "unlike
the many brand-name designers who promote the illusion that their
output results from a single prodigious creativity, Mr. Jacobs makes
no pretense that fashion emerges full blown from the head of one
solitary genius". Jacobs was one of the first fashion designers to
establish this “street wise aesthetics – a [mash up of] a little
preppie, a little grunge, a little couture." The Marc
Jacobs brand is also known for fine arts driven and avante garde AD
campaigns, often featuring a group of cultural icons and artists in
lieu of traditional fashion models in minimally staged settings, and
photographed by high-profile photographers. In 2015, Jacobs launched a
popular lifestyle campaign that featured artists, celebrities, and
cultural icons such as Sofia Coppola, Cher, Willow Smith, Winona
Ryder, Daisy Lowe, and Anthony Kiedis.
Jacobs revisited this approach for the
Marc Jacobs Spring 2016
advertising campaign, describing the concept as a fashion story
representing "A series of connected events; a visual narrative. It is
a personal diary of people who have and continue to inspire me and
open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking. The spectrum of
individuals photographed in our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign
represent a celebration of my America." Adding, "The people featured
in our campaign personify this collection of fashion through their
individuality. Collectively, they embody and celebrate the spirit and
beauty of equality." Dena Silver, from The Observer.com, called this
campaign, "the best campaign of the Spring 2016 season" She then
elaborates about what makes this campaign notable: "The designer (Marc
Jacobs) has handpicked a star studded cast of his family members to
model the Americana gear from this collection." Adding "Technically
speaking, none of the people in this series of photographs are related
to Mr. Jacobs by blood, but rather, they’re people who mean a lot to
Marc Jacobs brand." The
Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 advertising
campaign features Human Rights activist Lana Wachowski, and
celebrities like Sandra Bernhard, Bette Midler, Juliette Lewis,
Christina Ricci, Sky Ferreira, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski as
well as less known artists Vincent Michaud, Oli Burslem, and
Milk, a contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as several
Personal life and causes
Jacobs has an ongoing project entitled, "Protect The Skin You're In",
which has celebrities pose nude, with their breasts and frontal area
T-shirts to raise awareness about melanoma and all sales
benefit research at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Some of the
celebrities that have posed are: Miley Cyrus, Eva Mendes, Kate Upton,
Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum,
Hilary Swank and Naomi Campbell.
On April 4 2018, Jacobs proposed to his model boyfriend, Charly
Defrancesco, via a flashmob while in a Chipotle restaurant.
The flashmob did a routine to the song Kiss by Prince.
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