The Vogue Editorial that launched Grunge

Among the fashion moments that were shunned then and praised now… Marc Jacob’s notorious 1992 grunge collection that got him fired from Perry Ellis.

“Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk.”- Marc Jacobs

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“[Jacob’s collection] mixes everything up. . . A typical outfit looks as if it were put together with the eyes closed in a very dark room.”- Bernadine Morris for the New York Times

Vogue, never ceasing perfectly blend the classics of fashion’s paradigm with progressive–and at times controversial–moves to ignite change in the industry, featured Marc Jacob’s collection styled by Grace Coddington in a most unusual editorial for that time. The Vogue of the 90’s had previously featured high fashioned and cleanly styled editorials of haute-couture proportions; the grungy, deconstructed spread featuring models Kristen McMenamy, Nadja Auermann and Naomi Campbell in Steven Meisel’s shoot sent ripples of shock and dismay though out the fashion world. If only they knew then that this spread, the embodiment of 90’s grunge, would turn into one of the most repeated fashion movements that designers from Hedi Slimane to Alexander McQueen would reinvent for decades to come…
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“Grunge is anathema to fashion.” Cathy Horyn

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“There hasn’t been anything real since grunge. That was the last movement led by music or an art form.”–Daphne Guinness

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Details: Vogue December 1992 | Photographer Steven Meisel | Styled by Grace Coddington

 

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