Marc Jacobs Unseen

Fairer, Robert and Webb, Iain R (2018) Marc Jacobs Unseen. In: Wilson, Jenny and Sabatini, Adelia, (eds.) Marc Jacobs Unseen. UK : Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0500021606


Marc Jacobs Unseen is ‘the first publication dedicated to Marc Jacobs’s highly influential creations’*, described by The Observer as ‘a rare insight’ and Vogue as ‘a real revelation’. The particular focus of this critical appraisal is the personal archive (a recurring feature in Webb’s practice), notably those of the subject (Marc Jacobs), the photographer (Robert Fairer), and the author (Webb). The genesis of the text for this sole-authored book that accompanies new primary material in the form of Fairer’s previously unseen backstage images, is research from Webb’s own archive, amassed over four decades during his career at the forefront of the fashion industry, and represents a culmination of the author’s commitment to the promotion of the importance of the archive as material culture, as methodology and as providing an individual insight into creative thinking. The text takes the form of painstakingly assembled commentaries, each presenting a study of specific collections, highlighting particular garments and ensembles along with an analysis of environment and staging. ‘Working with Iain R. Webb…was illuminating,’ says Fairer. Jacobs Unseen is a valuable and illuminating analysis for both colleagues and students, especially those working in areas of fashion design, journalism and visual communication.

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