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Season after season, Marc Jacobs managed to predict exactly what women all over the world want to wear, whether that be his super-flat ‘mouse’ pumps, Sergeant Pepper-style denim jackets or ‘Venetia’ handbags fitted with outsized silver buckles. Born in New York’s Upper West Side to parents who both worked for the William Morris Agency, Marc was raised by his fashion conscious grandmother. As a teenager, he immersed himself in club culture, observing the beautiful people at the Mudd Club, Studio 54, and Hurrah. Today, Marc’s most fruitful source of inspiration is still the crowd of cool girls that surround him. After high school, Marc completed a fashion degree at Parsons School of Design; his graduation collection, which featured brightly coloured knits, caught the eye of Robert Duffy, an executive who remains his business partner to this day. The youngest person to win the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent, it wasn’t long before he was made head designer of the brand Perry Ellis itself. Then came his infamous ‘Grunge’ collection for spring/summer 93, cue open checked shirts over romantic slips, and denim shorts with doc martens. And with that a lot followed; a new style was born, Marc won the CDFA Women’s Designer of the Year award and his Perry Ellis contract was terminated. He staged a comeback in April of 1994 with his creative collaborator Robert Duffy, and in November of the same year was named Best Designer at the Venus of Fashion awards. By 1997, Marc’s star was in the ascendancy once again, when LVMH appointed him artistic director of Louis Vuitton - a position that pulled him this side of the pond to work on the luxury label’s leather goods, as well as to create the house’s first clothing line for men and women. After sixteen sensational years, it was announced in October 2013 that Marc would leave Louis Vuitton to concentrate on his own work. His catwalk show for spring/summer 14 - the elevators, carousel, hotel corridors, and fountain of seasons past, all painted a mournful black to mark the end of an era – ensured he went out with a bang.


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