In not-so-shocking fashion, Marc Jacobs released the last image that completes the incredibly inclusive spring/summer 2016 fashion campaign shot by photographer David Sims. Again, it features his muse Beth Ditto and her wife Kristin, declaring the couple on Instagram: “the REAL wives of Portland.” The all-American, sequence inspired campaign includes RuPaul Drag Race competitor, Dan Donigan A.K.A Milk, The Matrix, transgender director, Lana Wachowski, and legend Bette Middler.
I applaud Marc Jacobs, for including people that should be represented anyway in his campaign, because, I don’t know, they’re people. I can also extend a high-five to Jacobs for not fetishizing the diversity of these icons but tastefully celebrating their differences by highlighting that their differences are inspirational and not taboo. Because in 2016, people are still trying to figure out the difference between fetishizing, appropriating and celebrating.
But it would have been refreshing to see another curvy icon not just Ditto, considering she walked in Jacobs’ show last year. I guess there’s a shortage of curvy models? Of course, all this campaign diversity begs the question, “Hey Jacobs when can I get my hands on this a la american pie collection in my size?” Currently Marc Jacobs’ designs sometimes only go up to a size 8, and some of his clothing doesn’t pass a size 2. Quick reminder; there are sizes larger than that. It is sad that my closet will be lacking a chevron victorian cut jean jacket, so let’s all let out a deep sigh.
Jacobs likes to flex his progressive thinking. I guess making clothing in all sizes is too progressive.
DAN One night while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race I recognized one of our men’s sweaters on a tall, handsome contestant. His unique, artistic drag sensibility reminded me so much of the amazing drag characters of my club days at The Pyramid, Copacabana and other New York haunts I used to frequent. Upon realizing that Dan Donigan was MILK (who used to work with us at Marc Jacobs), I started following @bigandmilky on @Instagram. Today I share with you this portrait of Young American, Dan Donigan shot by David Sims for our Spring/Summer 2016 campaign as well as the touching direct message (DM) I received from Dan after “liking” one of his photographs: “Hey there! I want to start out by saying thank you! When I started working for the MJ stores 5 years ago, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I was lost. All I knew was that I wanted to flex my creative muscle and most importantly, be happy. Working for your namesake company helped me along the way. It was living the summer of 2011 at the store in Ptown that opened my eyes to so many different outlets of what the art of drag could be. It wasn’t necessarily about female impersonation. It was about representing oneself in the most fabulous way, whether it be a Cher impersonator or throwing a shit ton of glitter on your face and dancing the night away in a basement! ???? Where I am now in my life is absolutely surreal. Of course I have worked my ass off along the way which has only made it that much tighter and easier to show off haha ????As a 15 year old little boy, I would never have thought I would be here, travelling around the world, putting on makeup, and performing for fans. I am blessed to have had the past I had, a life that pushed me to reach and strive for something unknown yet better! Long story short(ish)…Thank you for following me and contributing to my creative life. It really does mean a lot ???? Please feel free to shout whenever you would like to attend American Ballet Theatre. I know James, my boyfriend, would love to have you in the audience!!! Hope our paths cross soon! Xox Milk aka Dan” And I hope they keep crossing… To quote RuPaul, “we’re all born naked and the rest is drag.” X, M.
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This season’s ad campaign represents a series of connected events; a visual narrative. It is a personal diary of people who have and continue to inspire me and open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking. The spectrum of individuals photographed in our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign represent a celebration of my America. In collaboration with photographer David Sims and stylist Katie Grand, the people featured in our campaign personify this collection of fashion through their individuality. Collectively, they embody and celebrate the spirit and beauty of equality. It is with an overwhelmingly full heart that I share this first portrait of our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. Lana Wachowski. I was first introduced to Lana via YouTube in December 2012. The speech Lana gave to accept the Human Rights Campaign, Visibility Award, (October 20, 2012) was utterly profound in its script and her articulate, brilliant and timeless delivery. She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility. I found myself referencing Lana’s words in my daily life and sharing her speech with close friends. In the days before our Spring/Summer ‘16 fashion show and through a fateful series of communications, much to my incomprehensible delight, Lana accepted an invitation to our show in New York City and thus I took her, “fashion show virginity.” Lana’s ineffable beauty captured by David in this portrait reminds me of the personal sentiment she shared with me about, “learning you can make important friends at anytime in your life.”
Friends This beautiful image of Bette expresses the happiness, joy and gratitude that I feel being able to work with people who amaze and inspire me. It so perfectly illustrates one of my favorite Bette songs, “Friends.” I am so grateful for what I get to do every day and could not imagine achieving any of it without the help and dedication of our design team, the people at Marc Jacobs, everyone involved with the shoot – the stylists, models, hair and make up teams, casting agents, David and his team and set designers. To everyone who gives so generously and consistently time and time again, THANK YOU…”cuz you got to have friends.” @bettemidler
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