One of the most influential and visible fashion designers of the moment is Marc Jacobs. He is just not afraid to be a celebrity. He was born in 1963, grew up in New York City and went to Parson's School of Design. Even as he was graduating, his work was already being noticed and he won several awards from the school during his senior year.
He went to Tokyo right after graduation and produced a line of sweaters for the trendy New York boutique called Charivari. He started his own label in 1986 and received an award from the Council of Fashion Designers in America for his first collection. In 1988, he joined the American Sportswear company Perry Ellis to supervise women's design and a year later was the head designer at the company.
In 1992, he produced his infamous Grunge collection for Perry Ellis which included silk shirts printed to look like plaid panel and cashmere sweaters made to look like thermal underwear. It was not well received and a year later he was fired by the company. Marc Jacobs relaunched his own label with his long time business partner Robert Duffy and they presented a very successful runway presentation in which some of the best known models at the time including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell walked for free.
He was pointed Creative Director at Louis Vuitton and that deal came with financing for the Marc Jacobs Line. He maintains the job at Louis Vuitton, but also somehow finds the time and inspiration to produce the Marc Jacobs lines.