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Marc Jacobs S/S 2008

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Marc Jacobs, who arrived fashionably late to his own spring/summer 2008 runway show, was the first to emerge from backstage, a premeditated surrealist gesture which ultimately set the tone for an atypical collection of fantastical amusement.


Posted May 5th, 2019 By Colby Mugrabi

Production designer and art director Stefan Beckman, a long time collaborator of the house, devised a dreamlike set scattered with oversized monochromatic picture frames and a suspended screen featuring a film of each model in their underwear – the same briefs and bralettes that brazenly peeked out of nearly every look.

Stripped of frivolous undertones and devoid of fashion world formalities, the collection was, instead, a quirky commentary on the parallels existing between art and fashion. As the show commenced with sheer, shimmering eveningwear and deconstructed gowns – garments typically reserved for a collection’s finale looks – models’ extreme bed-head bouffants were accessorized by unexpected objects and eccentric headpieces straight out of a 20th century Rothschild Surrealist Ball. Patel daywear and relaxed tweed skirt suits were complimented by delicate pins, exaggerated gloves and heavy pearl necklaces, begging comparison to glamorous yet somewhat deranged Hollywood stars of the 1960s – cue in Valley of the Dolls. Jacobs’ stylized creative notions centered on elements of visual deceptiveness and optical trickery, seen in the collection’s collaged handbags, upside-down heels and seemingly smaller-than-normal footwear, all of which successfully teased the eye and required further examination to fully comprehend.

All things considered, Marc Jacobs’ spring/summer 2008 collection ventured into the realm of performance art; an avant-garde offering of theatrical looks that succeeded in challenging the 21st century fashion world zeitgeist.

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Elsa Schiaparelli

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Cocodoll Bed, 1964

Francois xavier lalanne   claude lalanne  cocodoll bed  1964

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Truman Capote Gold Shoe, 1957

Andy warhol truman capote gold shoe

Andy Warhol

25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy, 1956

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Andy Warhol

25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy, 1956

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Dress, Fall/ Winter 1967–68

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The Three Sisters, 1984

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“Sauterelle” Bar, 1970

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Salvador Dalí

Hats

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2006bk4755

Elsa Schiaparelli

Hat, 1937-1938

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Rudi gernreich trompe l oeil bodysuit

Rudi Gernreich

Trompe l'oeil Bodysuit

3 of 24

Man ray  choreographer and dancer helen tamiris  1929

Man Ray

Choreographer and dancer Helen Tamiris, 1929

4 of 24

Bra by elsa schiaparelli  1940.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Bra, 1940

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The mae west s lips sofa  1936 by salvador dali

Salvador Dalí

The Mae West's Lips Sofa, 1936

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Francois xavier lalanne   claude lalanne  cocodoll bed  1964

Francois-Xavier Lalanne & Claude Lalanne

Cocodoll Bed, 1964

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Rene magritte  the son of man  1964

Rene Magritte

The Son of Man, 1964

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Andy warhol truman capote gold shoe

Andy Warhol

Truman Capote Gold Shoe, 1957

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Andy warhol  25 cats name d  sam and one blue pussy  1956  2

Andy Warhol

25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy, 1956

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Andy warhol  25 cats name d  sam and one blue pussy  1956

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Dress  fall winter 1967   68. geoffrey beene american

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E  mile aillaud  1954. pantin  seine saint denis.

Émile Aillaud

Pantin, Seine-Saint-Denis, 1954

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Fischli weiss  peter fischli  swiss  born 1952 and david weiss  swiss  born 1946 . the three sisters. 1984

Peter Fischli & David Weiss

The Three Sisters, 1984

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Franc  ois xavier lalanne   s whimsical 1970    sauterelle    bar

François-Xavier Lalanne

“Sauterelle” Bar, 1970

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Gafas vintage raras museo de las gafas y anteojos de pari  s

Gafas

Vintage Eyewear

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Guinevere van seenus at miu miu ss 1996

Miu Miu

Guinevere van Seenus, Spring/ Summer 1996

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Irving penn  single oriental poppy  1968

Irving Penn

Single Oriental Poppy, 1968

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Isabellablow lobster

Isabella Blow

Lobster Hat

19 of 24

John wesley  getting off the subway at st. tropez   1992

John Wesley

Getting off the subway at St. Tropez, 1992

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Kazumasa yamashita  face house  maison visage   kyoto  1974

Kazumasa Yamashita

Face House (Maison Visage), Kyoto, 1974

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Luis barraga  n   galvez house  mexico city.

Luis Barragán

Galvez House, Mexico City

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Polyurethane houses in puglia by gaetano pesce

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Polyurethane Houses in Puglia, Italy

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Thierry Mugler

Spring/ Summer 1999

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