The New School Archives Digital Collections

Related people/organizations

Marc Jacobs (was created by)
Joel E. Towers (was created by)
John Haffner Layden (was created by)
New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections (was created by)
Parsons School of Design (was created by)
Parsons School of Design. Office of the Dean (was created by)


May 8 2015


Parsons Institutional Collections



MLA Citation:

Audio interview with Marc Jacobs. May 8 2015. Parsons School of Design Dean's Office Oral History Project. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 19 Aug 2019

Description TRANSCRIPT

In this audio recording, fashion designer and Parsons School of Design alumnus Marc Jacobs is interviewed by Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons, and John Haffner Layden, associate director of messaging and editorial content in The New School's Marketing and Communication unit. Towers and Haffner interview Jacobs by telephone. Jacobs discusses his youthful encounter with fashion designer Perry Ellis who put him on the path to attending Parsons School of Design. He describes his time at Parsons, his creative process as a designer, and his approach to collaboration with artists and use of different art forms. He champions the purpose and value of the live fashion show and the importance of human contact to fashion. Jacobs also elaborates on confidence and insecurity as a fashion designer and the definition of "failure."