PHOTOS: Happy 50th, Marc Jacobs! A Look Back At His Iconic Moments
In honor of
50th birthday today, we’re taking a look back at the designer’s most iconic moments. We’ve collected stand-out moments to celebrate Jacobs’ birthday in style, from his infamous grunge collection at Marc Jacobs’ Perry Ellis to his instant runway hits to the, ahem, underage model controversy.
Click through the gallery below for all of those iconic Marc moments and more, then catch the video for a look at his eponymous fall 2013 collection:
1.How Jacobs' firing at Perry Ellis catapulted him to success
Jacobs started his namesake label in 1986, and joined
Perry Ellis in 1988. Four years later, he won the CFDA's Women's Designer of the Year Award, and designed a grunge collection for Perry Ellis, which ultimately led to his exiting the company. But his sacking was a blessing in disguise. It gave Jacobs the street cred, and set the tone for everything else down the line, like his Marc by Marc Jacobs line, and appointment as creative director of Louis Vuitton. Photo via Vogue
Most of Jacobs' ad campaigns are photographed by
. The photographer's signature style and the designer's quirky concepts have always been a winning combination, as evidenced by the memorable results -- Juergen Teller Winona Ryder's cheeky nod to her shoplifting past, in a bag, Victoria Beckham in womenswear -- the list goes on. Andrej Pejic
Photo via PopSugar Fashion
3.Using underage models
The designer defied the CFDA guidelines of using
underage models, and not paying them as well. Not one to bow down to rules, his response to the situation was basically BS.
Any accessory sent down the MJ, MMJ, and LV runways become immediate hits. The backwards shoe and the Stam bag are just some of his covetable wares.
Photos via Style.com, Neiman Marcus
5.Dresses are for dudes too!
Jacobs showed up to the
sheer lace dress with nothing but boxers underneath. Hey sexy lady?
6.He puts on a real show
Jacobs is a showman in the truest sense of the word. His shows are always the highlight of New York and Paris Fashion Week, and each is quite memorable. For his
Vuitton fall 2013 show, he created a faux-hotel with separate doors for models to enter and exit the runway, and for his namesake label's latest, he put his girls underneath a giant sun. Photos via Getty
7.A new gig at Diet Coke
Marc continues to build his resume with a new position as the
creative director of Diet Coke.
8.His movie debut
The designer makes his debut movie role as
a total sleazeball in the upcoming flick Disconnect. Wonder if his acting is as good as his designing?