With massively successful mainline and diffusion labels, a 14-year turn as creative director at Louis Vuitton, and a host of official accolades, American fashion designer Marc Jacobs has achieved what most could only dream of. His success can at least partly be credited to his ability to flip the script, from his then-controversial grunge collection for Perry Ellis in the ’90s, to his quirky choice of campaign stars like Helena Bonham Carter — not to mention his personal transformations over the years. He’s a natural risk-taker, which is why the possibility of his taking over as head designer at Christian Dior might not seem so far-fetched, especially since the luxury fashion house is looking for fresh start post-John Galliano.
Marion Hume of Telegraph considers the reasons why the influential designer might in fact snap up the new role, like the challenge of designing – and reinventing – haute couture.
Reason #1: He takes after Yves Saint Laurent. Hume notes that uproar over Jacobs’ aforementioned 1992 Perry Ellis grunge collection mirrors the same scrutiny that Saint Laurent endured when the designer rolled out experimental looks during his time at Christian Dior in the ’60s. “If Jacobs does go to Dior, Saint Laurent’s brief legacy there of busting down the barriers of assumed good taste is likely to gel with him far more than the arch New Look,” Hume notes.
Reason #2: He’s bored. Although he’s certainly at the top of his game, is it so shocking to believe that Jacobs may be ready to move on? After all, if he does snag the Dior role, he’ll finally get the chance to design haute couture – and you know he’ll find a way to innovate the craft. Hume recalls: “Back in 1996, when the job was last up for grabs, Jacobs told me: ‘If Christian Dior wanted me, why would they want me to be what it was? Haute couture can be about a T-shirt as much as a ballgown. The ballgown is obsolete.’ Might the chance to reinvent glamor in a truly modern way still entice?” This may just take Jacobs to the next level.
Reason #3: He’s been to hell and back. The Dior fashion house is no doubt a high-stress environment, and every year the head designer is expected to turn out “two ready-to-wear collections, two couture collections, and one cruise collection,” as Hume explains. This demand is only fit for a experienced and disciplined designer – and Jacobs is certainly that man. After his highly-publicized bout with drug and alcohol addiction, Jacobs is healthier than ever, thanks to celebrity nutritionist Dr. Lindsey Duncan. He now follows a strict diet and workout routine. So as long as there’s a gym close by, we can’t see how Jacobs would have a problem taking on Dior’s challenging design schedule.