Fashion designer Marc Jacobs has announced that he will be leaving position as Creative Director for Louis Vuitton, marking the end of a 16-year era with the luxury design house.
The 50-year-old American has worked for Louis Vuitton since 1997, creating the luggage brands’ first ever Ready-to-Wear collection; a move which Vogue describes as allowing the brand to grow into a contemporary ‘global powerhouse’. However, Jacobs career with LV had officially reached its end as his resignation was confirmed this morning.
Jacobs was rumoured to be leaving Louis Vuitton in 2011 to succeed John Galliano as the Creative Director for Christian Dior. However Jacobs laid rest to these rumours and is reportedly leaving to focus on his own label which is about to become an IPO according to a statement given by LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault.
Jacobs presented his final show at Paris Fashion Week which was an all-black farewell to Louis Vuitton with set-pieces from former shows including a antique carousel, a fountain and a large clock which hands turned back after the runway show had ended. Jacobs then dedicated the show to the women that had inspired him over the years. New York born Jacobs began his career as a stock boy in an avant-garde clothing boutique and was awarded with the ‘Women’s Designer Of The Year’ award in 1992 whilst at Perry Ellis.
In 2001, after many years at Louis Vuitton, who until then were best known for their luxury luggage line and leather goods, Jacobs launched his own Ready-To-Wear secondary line. As the fashion world mourns his departure, his legacy with Louis Vuitton remains solid and successful as Jacobs initiated the brands first art collaborations with artists such as Stephen Sprouse Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama.
Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman said today on Vogue.co.uk:
Marc has provided fashion with so much during his years at Vuitton.
It’s important to know how to exit, as well as arrive, and it’s going to be exciting to see how this impacts on the creativity in his own line
Though Louis Vuitton’s new creative director, who will succeed Jacobs has not yet been confirmed yet former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière is reportedly a likely candidate.