Marc Jacobs Reissues the Iconic 'Grunge' Collection That Got Him Fired

This is peak '90s nostalgia.
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Gigi Hadid wearing the Redux Grunge Collection 1993/2018 by Marc Jacobs. Photo: Juergen Teller/Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

Gigi Hadid wearing the Redux Grunge Collection 1993/2018 by Marc Jacobs. Photo: Juergen Teller/Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

In the early '90s, Marc Jacobs was a young designer working under the label Perry Ellis. And while he had received accolades and awards as a fashion design student at Parsons, his Spring 1993 "Grunge" collection presented under Ellis's name was lambasted by critics and ultimately got Jacobs fired.

But in the end, Jacobs had the last laugh. Years later, the grunge subculture his silk slip dresses, chunky combat boots and plaid shirts referenced has become recognized as the hallmark look of the decade, and Jacobs is credited with helping bring the look to the runway for the first time. 

And on Wednesday, Marc Jacobs announced in a press release that he'd be bringing back looks from the iconic collection — not just looking to them for inspiration, but actually reissuing the pieces he initially designed for Perry Ellis under his own eponymous label. That means that 26 looks, including ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, all made in the original fabrics, prints and embroideries, will be available for purchase starting November 15 online and in Marc Jacobs stores. A campaign shot by Juergen Teller featuring the collection will debut in December.

"The 'Grunge' collection epitomized the first time in my professional career I was unwavering in my determination to see my vision come to life on the runway, without creative compromise," Jacobs said in a release.

Will the nostalgia that buoyed Versace in the wake of the brand's Gianni tribute show do the same for Jacobs's label, which has reportedly struggled financially in recent years? We can't be certain, but here's hoping that fashion people's warm feelings about the past work in Jacobs's favor.

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