"I Am at Vuitton, and I Am Very Happy There": Marc Jacobs on Dior
Dec 19, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
With rumors circulating that Jil Sander's Raf Simons might be taking over at Christian Dior, at least one thing seems certain: Marc Jacobs doesn't want the job. In the Meryl Streep-covered issue of Vogue, Jacobs says that he's happy at Louis Vuitton and has been for a long time and that the idea of couture doesn't really interest him.
"There have been on-and-off conversations about Dior," the designer admitted. "I don't know; maybe someday in the future, maybe years from now, I may end up going someplace else, maybe Dior. But right now I am at Vuitton, and all that matters to me is that that's where I am and I'm going to keep doing my thing."
Do your thing, girl! Jacobs went on to further explain his decision to stay with Vuitton and his general boredom with haute couture:
"The irony in all of this is that I don't dream of doing anything else, or I didn't. My greatest challenge is to do something better than we've done the season before. The idea of couture doesn't hold that thing for me. It's archaic - in my opinion. I mean, I am really interested in the craftsmanship behind couture. But I can explore all that in ready-to-wear. With couture, one dress each season is photographed by a couple of magazines; there's no advertising; it reaches 20 customers. I don't feel there is anything lacking in what we do. I get to work with these amazing craftsmen. Maybe not the same ateliers that would make a couture dress, but, again, we are not in a deficit for working with people who create beautiful things. I am not sure I ever looked at couture as this great opportunity."
Jacobs, obviously doesn't skimp on the candor in his Vogue interview. Among the Dior revelations, Jacobs talks about his family -- he hasn't spoken to his mother, sister or younger brother in 20 years -- and the illness that inspired him to go from slob to stud -- ulcerative colitis -- but it's this little tidbit about his former drug use that really brings this story into a glorious landing: "Jacobs has been honest about his drug-use and addiction issues over the years. He says Naomi Campbell 'really helped me get sober.'"
You know you're going down a dark road when Naomi Campbell is the light on the other end. [Vogue]