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Marc's Journey

Marc Jacobs

Lesson time 13:49 min

Learn about Marc's transformation from fashion student to world-renowned designer.

Marc Jacobs
Teaches Fashion Design
In 18 lessons, iconic designer Marc Jacobs teaches you his process for creating innovative, award-winning fashion.
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My love for fashion began with shopping for back-to-school clothes. That's really where it began. And it was really with my grandmother. My grandmother used to take us shopping for back-to-school clothes, or school clothes. And probably mostly at Bloomingdale's in New York, if I remember correctly. But I really enjoyed it, unlike maybe other kids that age. Unlike other kids that age, I really enjoyed being in a department store or going shopping for school clothes. And in New York they used to have all these T-shirt shops where you could customize your own T-shirts, or you could pick sort of designs for T-shirts and have different things printed on them and stuff like that. And I used to always really like that. Then I started customizing clothes. And that probably was a habit that came to be because of my babysitter, where I'd see them in jean jackets with different patches, and embroideries, and things like that. And I was always into arts and crafts. So I think between my love for school clothes, or choosing my school clothes, and the idea of customizing clothes, I would start embellishing jean jackets. And I remember using acrylic paints to paint on my jeans, and sort of markers to color on my sneakers and stuff like that. So I was very attracted and visually stimulated by fashion. And from a very young age I would really enjoy looking at clothes and customizing. That's where my love for fashion began. I was really young. And I was like 12 years old or 13 where I was like, oh, I want to be a fashion designer. I don't even know if I knew what a fashion designer was, but I mean I wanted to do fashion. I wanted some job within fashion. I guess that would be the best way to say it. And then I kind of learned a little bit more by going-- I applied to the High School of Art and Design, and I went there and I majored in fashion. And I realized that part of fashion that I was interested in was the design aspect of fashion. I did not want to photograph fashion. I did not want to illustrate fashion. I wanted to actually create clothes, and that was the part that interested me the most. I was interested in other designers, so I would look at their work and I would look at it through any means that I possibly could. So I would look at fashion magazines. I remember with Perry Ellis, whose work I love, I would go to Bloomingdale's and I would go to Saks. I would go to the department stores that sold his clothes so that I could see them hanging in the stores. At that time they-- I don't know if this still exists, but designers used to do trunk shows. I'm not recommending to any student that they cut school to go to trunk shows or fashion shows, but I did a little bit of that when I was younger, too. I would skip out of school to go see the Perry Ellis trunk show at Saks Fifth Avenue. And I did sneak into a couple of fashion...

Create your own trends

Marc Jacobs’s infamous grunge collection got him fired. It also won him the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. In his first online fashion design class, the 11-time CFDA Award winner teaches his hands-on process for creating clothes that push boundaries and set trends. Learn Marc’s construction techniques, how he creates unique shapes and silhouettes, and how you can develop your own ideas from the first sketch to the final piece.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I learned to design and what's a life of designer, I look at clothes now from a different perspective. Thank you Marc Jacobs for this class.

This class really helped me getting more inspired and pushed me to start working producing my own line.

great instructor, now I see fashion from another angle - its an ART

I very much liked the class, it was very inspirational and interesting.


Cristelle S.

Dear MasterClass, Hello. I was inspired by the "Marc's Journey" lesson. I learned that I can become even more motivated to get better at Fashion Design, and Art, after making a mistake. Thank you "Marc Jacobs Teaches Fashion Design". Sincerely, Cristelle Nicole

RJane @.

Instinct is neither good or bad. We make mistakes by how we interpret our instincts.

RJane @.

I customize my bags by unbranding them. I remove or cover the external logos when I can. I like bags that are simple, durable and sophisticated.

Greg M.

Input from other designers is important because you see things from a different perspective and you realize that you need to make specific designs for your particular market. There are different markets within the fashion industry so you have to make sure you are designing for the market you are serving.

Reena Mafaldina D.

So now let's just wear that black T-Shirt inside out until the issue is resolved, just like my husband does because he is always in such a bloody hurry, and get on with the inspiration and designing !!

A fellow student

How has everyone reading this fared going direct to consumer? Feels my reach is constantly exceeding my grasp when it comes to new ideas and getting them across to an audience, especially when it comes to production, quality control, etc... anyway, seems people were posting their work so I threw one of my new bags going out under my line Max Mizur.

Elizabeth E.

It was fascinating to know Marc’s journey to become a Top Fashion Designer in the world. The moment when he discovered he wants to be a Fashion Designer and all the steps he took in life to get his goal. Good for you (Marc). What I can learn from your experience is the fact that you was not afraid to ask, to take risk in yours designs and to work in the direction to reach your objectives in life. This is something that we should have present in our daily work as designer. Thank you.

Jean F.

This was a road.. bumpy and smooth but assuring.. Well this was a concept developed as I put each piece together.. I wanted to create a feeling that express harmony and sophistication so my primary fabrics were GREEN KNIT AND GOLD MESH .. The green knit fabric was a new experience because of the feel and the amount I had got me into doing gowns. Its green hue I felt it represents growth based of the planet being mostly green so I wanted to creat the collection with the majority of it green.. because after 3yrs of designing and interpreting different looks and the harmony allows to me creates a level of calmness .. and this year I connected with great people far and wide... so there’s a Consciousness happening here but, most importantly I like to think and to be aware of it.. the abundance. And for the gold mesh fabric, I was inspired by the Early 1400’s Europe and a lot of its representation .The imagery of the concept was to give another perspective of elegance. Now to take it into its essence by expressing what it is that I come to the understanding. When it comes to the color Gold. This color has a unique expression , that is being pulled by those seeking knowledge and besides its connotations of luxury is what it has taught me. As for putting in this choice Into perspectives wanted to display wealth .. but not in the sense of money but in a realization on opportunity. Once the one realizes this. Fashion.. sometimes is perception is consumed by ego... and displayed with arrogance, but when you hear 3rdeye Brand I would like for you take in that a reminder of generosity an having an abundance of what it is you searching for for.. .. I got the sense of being grateful and knowing I could to be able afford amounts of fabric to express my work. As for as the other set pieces you may have notice. I added my visual of my idealistic views on conscienceness .. but being mindful .

Reuben A.

I loved this Masterclass as it gave me an insight into an industry and area I've never before looked into. I'm that person that has a selection of blue or black Jeans that are all the same and a selection of black or white T-shirts that again are all the same. While my outfit is constant and plain i pick it because i know it can't really look bad, at the same time the creative in me wants to design clothing when i see unique outfits in my day to day life. Not to wear them, but to see people wearing them!

Teresa F.

From a charity fashion show I did. For some reason it wont let me post all at once but these are my 3 favorite pieces that I have ever done! I can't wait until I get to use a pattern maker, and seamstress because it's a lot of work to do all this stuff alone