Marc Jacobs + Rachel Feinstein

Remember the amazing backdrop of Marc Jacobs’ Fall/Winter 2012 runway show?  That was the work of the incredibly talented artist Rachel Feinstein. The artist is best known for her baroque, fantasy-inspired sculptures and has been featured in solo exhibitions across the world.  Her sculptures and installations are mesmerizing, thought-provinking, and powerful (The exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery in 2008 was particularly inspiring). Feinstein is a highly recognized face within the art world. She is married to painter John Currin, and the couple was dubbed “The Art World’s Ruling Couple” last year by the New York Times.

But back to the Marc Jacbos set.  The castle-in-ruins fantastical installation came together in just a week and a half, initiated by a call from Jacobs, who had been inspired by a sculpture she had made called Puritan’s Delight. Jacobs felt the clothes reflected the same themes and imagery as the sculpture, and asked the artist to create the backdrop for his runway show. After a few days of back and forth on designs and concepts, the construction began – though Feinstein didn’t even get to work on it until just two days before the show. Sadly, since the installation was made “basically out of paper,” it was broken down after the show. But as you can see from the images below, the desired effect was more than achieved.

Feinstein and Jacobs are again collaborating on an upcoming project for Document Magazine, a new semiannual fashion, art and culture magazine. Document was founded by editorial director and publisher Nick Vogelson and creative and fashion director James Valeri, and is set to launch this September. A launch party is scheduled to be held on September 6th – the date for New York’s Fashion’s Night Out – at Bookmarc, the West Village bookstore operated by Marc Jacobs. Who better to create the window installation than Rachel Feinstein (in collaboration with interior designer Ricky Clifton)? We can’t wait to see the result!

The set for the Marc Jacobs runway show

Feinstein’s art installment at Lever House, “The Snow Queen,” 2011

Puritan’s Delight, the inspiration for the Marc Jacobs’ 2011 Fall/Winter fashion show set

Army of God, 2008 (image via Marianne Boesky Gallery)

Liya Kebede, photographed by Collier Schorr for one of the cover’s of Document Magazine’s first book (image via WWD)


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