On reflection: Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton
The best moments of a marriage made in fashion heaven
Sixteen years of business is a long time – especially in the fashion industry, where divorce is a common occurrence between designers and their houses. However Marc Jacobs held on to his marriage with Louis Vuitton brilliantly and left behind an extensive archive that will be forever celebrated. Join us as we remember the ten most brilliant points in the era of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.
1998 | The debut collection of Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. A brand new page in the history of the brand, who, up until this point was known for its accessories. Jacobs’s first ready-to-wear collection is consistent with the spirit of the time with monochrome, minimal details.
2001 | Marc Jacobs has always gravitated towards contemporary art and actively introduced it into the context of fashion. It all started with Stephen Sprouse, an artist and designer known for his neon signs, which Jacobs drew inspiration from for his prints in this collection.
2002 | Jacobs demonstrates his pioneering approach to fashion, becoming one of the first designers a "guest designer" from the world of art, in the form of Japanese illustrator Takashi Murakami. Takashi decorated Louis Vuitton's bags with his kitsch colour palette and patterns to immediate acclaim, selling out worldwide.
2004 | The Spring/Summer show opens with actress Christina Ricci, who then becomes the face of the brand. Vuitton and Jacobs enthusiasts may remember her iconic ensemble - a narrow black dress with shiny white shoes and a basque.
2007 | Marc Jacobs brings the American artist Richard Prince – known for his series of paintings "Nurses" – on board for his Spring/Summer collection.
2009 | The Autumn/Winter collection features bunny ear headpieces – which are then famously worn by Madonna at the MET Gala Ball. Jacobs later explained, "There's a girl who works for us, Lucy, she's on the design team, and Adrian, one of the boys, was tying a little bit of fabric around and it reminded me of bunny. We were thinking of all these different things like can-can dancers, and I saw this piece of fabric wrapped around Lucy's head and said, 'Bunny ears, that's what we need to finish this look.' So we made all these bunny ears and that's how it happened. I like the kind of Playboy, French coquette aspect to it."
2010 | Jacobs surprises fans and critics by incorporating a new ladylike silhouette with tightened waists and fluffy skirts into his aesthetic.
2011 | The Autumn/Winter collection for Louis Vuitton is dedicated to film The Night Porter. The main heroine of the show, Kate Moss, strutted down the runway smoking a cigarette, sparking a series of front-page news stories throughout the world.
2012 | Jacobs revisits the world of Japanese art, this time collaborating with Yayoi Kusama – who even featured herself as a waxwork in the window of Louis Vuitton's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
2013 | Marc Jacobs shows his last collection for the French fashion house. The show incorporated scenery from past seasons as the main theme – the vintage caged hotel elevators and the carousel from 2011 and a fountain from 2010 were this time presented all in black to say goodnight, just like his final wares for Louis Vuitton.