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Marc Jacobs: Unseen

Robert Fairer, Iain R Webb


The first publication dedicated to Marc Jacobs’s highly influential creations, the epitome of downtown New York cool

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Entering fashion history in 1993 with his notorious ‘grunge’ collection for Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs would soon be hailed by American Vogue as ‘the dauphin of grungy, understated cool’. He quickly rose to become one of the most influential designers of his generation.

Known for his collaborations with prominent artists, musicians and muses – from Stephen Sprouse to Sonic Youth, Debbie Harry, Sofia Coppola and Chloë Sevigny, Marc Jacobs ‘changed what it means to be a fashion designer, just as once upon a time Andy Warhol changed what it meant to be an artist’, fashion historian Valerie Steele once proclaimed. Opening with an essay on the designer’s work, Marc Jacobs: Unseen unfolds chronologically, revisiting the designer’s most iconic creations and revealing previously unseen behind-the-scenes moments of models, hairdressers, stylists, make-up artists and Marc Jacobs himself at their most creative. Robert Fairer’s stunning and high-energy photographs capture the youth, glamour and spirit that defined Jacobs’s shows.

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'Marc Jacobs: Unseen is a real revelation'

'Robert's expansive archive of backstage images offers us a window into a different era'

'Take a look at [Marc Jacobs’s] game-changing garms in the early 00s as you've never seen them before'

'A rare insight'

'Glossy, glamorous, often irreverent and always compelling'

'Fragile, clock-ticking beauty – in all its frail magnificence'
The Lady

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 33.5 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 280

Publication date: 6 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500021606

Contents List

Preface by Sally Singer • Introduction by André Leon Talley • Essay by Rachel Feinstein • The Early Years 1994–2000 • The Collections 2001–2013

About the Author

British photographer Robert Fairer worked exclusively for American Vogue behind the scenes for over a decade. Beginning his career at British Elle in the mid 1990s, then Harpers Bazaar USA and finally at American Vogue, he covered the fashion zeitgeist of supermodel, designer and fashion excess from 1993-2011.His backstage archive has been published in three monographs, Alexander McQueen Unseen, John Galliano Unseen, and Marc Jacobs Unseen by Thames & Hudson, Yale University Press, Schirmer Mosel and Abrams. Robert’s work is published in The New York Times, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, i-D Magazine, and Visionaire, as well as fashion, portrait and lifestyle books, and anthologies. Robert continues to document the fashionable elite and collaborate with his editors and clients in uncharted fashion domains.

Iain R Webb is a fashion writer, curator and academic. He is the Author of Marc Jacobs: Unseen published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Sally Singer, André Leon Talley, Rachel Feinstein