Marc Jacobs was born in New York in 1960, the son of two theatrical agents. His father died when he was only 7 years old. He went to live with his grandmother, who taught him how to knit. He attended Parsons School of Design, and in his final year (1984) created a collection of handknit sweaters (made by his grandmother) which won him the Perry Ellis Golden Thimble award. He spent his formative years shuttling between school and Studio 54, the Manhattan Disco
After graduating, he designed under his own label for two years, creating irreverent take-offs of 60's hippie style clothing and versions of patchwork and gingham.
In 1984, he became the youngest designer ever to be awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America's prize for new talent.
Born: April 9, 1963, in New York City
First break: While at Parsons School of Design, Jacobs created and sold his first collection of sweaters under the Sketchbook label for Ruben Thomas, Inc.
Company founded: 1984
Men’s line: Marc by Marc Jacobs (2001)
Selected awards: Parsons Student of the Year Award (1984), CFDA Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent (1987), CFDA Men's Wear Designer of the Year (2002)
Worn by: Elton John, Vincent Gallo, Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Nicolas Cage