Grace Coddington, "Marc Jacobs Illustrated" In Conversation with William Norwich
In 2016, internationally acclaimed designer Marc Jacobs commissioned his friend, fashion legend, and talented artist Grace Coddington to select and illustrate looks from over fifty of his ready-to-wear collections dating back to 1993, the year he presented his now-infamous grunge-inspired collection. Phaidon is pleased to present Marc Jacobs Illustrated, a unique monograph bringing these drawings together to highlight the brilliant fashion designer’s career.
Marc Jacobs Illustrated features fifty-one collections, from Spring/Summer 1993 to Spring/Summer 2019, arranged chronologically with a spread dedicated to each season. Coddington’s inspiring illustrations are punctuated with a running text by Jacobs himself, in which he describes his inspirations for the collection. Leading graphic designer Takaaki Matsumoto has arranged the typography and the illustrations.
Jacobs’ writings are personal and insightful, and they take readers back to each of his stunning, unconventional fashion shows. He recounts his memories of creating and presenting these collections and describes, for example, his Spring 2006 show—where the Penn State brass marching band performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” complete with baton twirlers, on the runway before the show began. Or the Fall 2008 show, in which he eschewed the traditional runway set-up to stage a rock concert by Kim Gordon.
The book includes an introduction by filmmaker Sofia Coppola, in which she writes, “To me, Grace’s drawings show her love for what Marc has designed over these years and remind us of all the different characters and moods he created. I love seeing her favorite looks, the ones that stayed in her mind and encapsulate the feeling of the whole collection. They bring back the thrill of seeing them for the first time—always something new from what was going on at the time.”
Marc Jacobs is a critically acclaimed fashion designer. He has been designing under the Marc Jacobs label since 1994 and was the creative director of Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014. This is the first book to look back on the designer’s groundbreaking career and presents Marc Jacobs in his own words. The large format, pink cloth-bound book is beautifully packaged and printed, and is a must-have addition to any fashion lover’s bookshelf.
Grace Coddington became a fashion editor at British Vogue in 1968. In 1988 she joined American Vogue with Anna Wintour where she was the magazine’s creative director until 2016 when she became a contributing editor. She is the author of the Phaidon titles Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue and Grace: The American Vogue Years.
William Norwich is a New York based interior design and fashion editor and journalist formerly of Vogue and The New York Times.
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