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New York’s Fashion Prodigy: Marc Jacobs

New York’s Fashion Prodigy: Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs, A Famous American Fashion Designer who constantly reinvents the codes of urban-style. At the age of 15, he attended the High School of Art and Design while working as a Charivari’s stock boy. He was asked to design sweaters for the store in between dressing mannequins or folding clothes. His major journey began at the Parsons School of Design, and later landed a position at Perry Ellis–launching the spring 1993 grunge collection. 

Having a faint family history, He moved in with his paternal grandmother, where he truly felt at home. Jacob’s grandmother has always seen the best in his creative designs that eased in forging a close relationship between the two of them. 

“I always say I lived my life with my grandmother,” Jacobs says. “She was emotionally stable, and she was very encouraging to me.” Jacobs’ grandmother also allowed Jacobs to enjoy permissive adolescence full of self-exploration. “No one ever said ‘no’ to me about anything,” he said. “No one ever told me anything was wrong. Never. No one ever said, ‘You can’t be a fashion designer.‘ No one ever said, ‘You’re a boy and you can’t take tap-dancing lessons.’ No one ever said, ‘You’re a boy and you can’t have long hair.’ No one ever said, ‘You can’t go out at night because you’re 15 and 15-year-olds don’t go to nightclubs.’ No one said it was wrong to be gay or right to be straight.” –

Marc Jacobs

Regarded by several critics as one of the most exciting and talented American designers of his generation, the only true successor to Calvin, Donna and Ralph. From 1997-2013, he took the role of creative director at Louis Vuitton–where he transformed the French trunk maker into a full-scale fashion house, creating sensational runway shows. Several of the famous collaborations he had being LV’s Creative Director:

 2001 with Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton, launched LV’s speedy graffiti handbag successfully.
2003 Takashi Murakami x Louis Vuitton featuring a multicolored palette Monogram collection, pop-art graphics and the LV Monogramouflage multiple

After his grand exit from LV, he then started his own labels, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs Beauty; a diffusion line with more than 200 retail stores in 80 countries. Though his fashion realm consequently grappled, by 2015, he had to close the famous Marc by Marc Jacobs. Also, a number of his retail stores were closed amid layoffs and upper management turnover.

Despite all these, Mr. Jacobs continues to amaze the fashion world; indeed, that is a talent, finding its resonances with today that makes his shows so compelling. He has never gone out of style, continuing to impress fashion lovers across the globe.

See Also

Marc Jacobs – Fall 2019 Fashion Week

“Seeing the past through his eyes we learn something—about the state of the industry, the state of the world, possibly his own state of mind.”

Vogue Runway 

List of Awards by the Council of Fashion Designers of America:

  • MTV VMA Fashion Trailblazer Award, 2019
  • 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
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