In the past week, rumours have escaped that Marc Jacobs may soon be joining Christian Dior as head designer, taking over from John Galliano. Current creative director at Céline, Phoebe Philo would supposedly be taking over his position at Louis Vuitton.
As creative director at the Louis Vuitton house, as well as owner of the labels Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Little Marc, the 48-year old, New York-born Jacobs received the CFDA award for his life’s work in June this year. Before joining Louis Vuitton in 1997, Jacobs was a bad-boy designer with a rebellious approach to fashion. He was fired from Perry Ellis for his now legendary Grunge collection, pictured below, which was inspired by the 90s rock scene and bands such as Nirvana.
“I believe that you have to take chances. I never over-think whether people will love or hate something” ─Jacobs interviewed by Harper’s Bazaar in August 2009
At Louis Vuitton he created the company’s first ready-to-wear clothing line and bravely reinvented the LV monogram through collaborating with popular artists including Richard Prince, Stephen Sprouse, turning it into a pop-culture icon. He preferred using curvier models to display his clothes, such as Elle Macpherson, to the usual waif-like runway models. Jacob’s personal style has involved blue hair, kilts and high heels.