Though he hardly looks it, Marc Jacobs turns 51 today. To celebrate, we’ve gone beyond the kilts and indie actress besties and delved into Jeopardy! question territory with some little known facts about the pint-sized, muscle-bound designer. Prepare to be bemused.
In an interview with British Vogue, he compared his relationship with then LVMH boss, Bernard Arnault, to that of Babe the pig and his reticent but well-meaning owner. “I am that pig and he pats me on the back and says, ‘That’ll do, pig,’ and I just feel this is the highest praise.”
He named an ostrich-skin handbag the BB, after fashion blogger BryanBoy.
He made his acting debut last year playing online porn hustler in the edgy thriller, Disconnect. However, don’t expect Jacobs to add “movie star” to his resume any time soon. “I didn’t enjoy the actual tedious acting experience,” he told the press. “You stand around and wait and eat a lot of junk food— coffee and donuts. So those are not things that are good for me.”
The same year that Perry Ellis fired him for his infamous grunge collection (1993), Jacobs took home the CFDA Women’s Designer of the Year Award. History—not to mention Generation X— would ultimately side with the CFDA.
Julia Roberts was the first customer of his inaugural boutique, which opened on Mercer Street in Soho in 1997.
He currently serves as the creative director for Diet Coke. Previous designers who’ve held the position include Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier.
He used to look like this.
But after discovering the wonders of free weights/tanning/diamond studs, he now looks more like this.
Always a fan of over-the-top costumes, Jacobs outdid himself at his 2007 company Christmas party when he arrived dressed as giant camel toe.
He has 28 tattoos including SpongeBob SquarePants, a scene from the film Poltergeist, and one that says “Bros before hos.”
In 2009, he collaborated with Miss Piggy on looks for her to wear to NYFW.
His longtime business partner, Robert Duffy, has “1984” tattooed on his right hand in honor of the year that he and Jacobs teamed up.
He has a cameo in the Sonic Youth hit single “Sugar Kane” alongside Chloe Sevigny (then an intern at Sassy magazine). Watch it here and dream of the ‘90s.
His 2007 F/W show started over two hours late because he was finishing up the collection. At the time, critic Suzy Menkes seethed, “I would like to murder him with my bare hands and never see another Marc Jacobs show as long as I live.” (The pair have since made up).
As a teen studying at New York’s High School of Art and Design, he would stay up all night partying at Studio 54 and go straight to class in the morning.
In 2011, he was spoofed on South Park as a doll named “Muscle Man Marc.” Jacobs, however, hardly took offense. "Being on South Park was the high point of my life so far," he later told the press.
See The Cut’s clip here.