Transgender Director Lana Wachowski Stars in Marc Jacobs's Spring 2016 Campaign

Transgender Director Lana Wachowski Stars in Marc Jacobs's Spring 2016 Campaign
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Marc Jacobs is known for pushing the boundaries, casting Kendall Jenner for her first major runway show in 2014 and shocking fashion luminaries everywhere with a grunge-themed collection for Perry Ellis back in 1992. In another exciting move, the designer announced on his Instagram Thursday that he's cast transgender director Lana Wachowski, also one to break molds, for his namesake label's spring 2016 campaign.

 

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.”

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“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,” Jacobs wrote alongside the stunning, plaid-filled shot of Wachowski (above), photographed by David Sims and styled by Katie Grand. “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.”

In the 'gram’s caption, Jacobs moves on to explain how he invited The Matrix director to join him at this spring 2016 runway show back in February, jokingly taking her “fashion show virginity.” And while we’re sure Wachowski could single-handedly front the designer’s campaign, we’re expecting Jacobs to soon introduce more barrier-breaking beauties like he previously did for his fall 2015 campaign.

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“This season’s ad campaign represents a series of connected events; a virual narrative,” Jacobs explains. “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.” We’re holding our breath to see who else might be joining the Jacobs-approved crew.

 
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