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Charting Marc Jacobs’ musical inspirations

As the designer becomes the latest contributor to Apple Music’s Fashion Spotlight, we explore the influence of club kids and cyberpunks on his work

Since launching in June, Apple Music’s Fashion Spotlight has played host to personal playlists curated by the likes of Paul Smith, Alexander Wang and Chloé’s Clare Waight Keller. This month, it’s Marc Jacobs’s turn to reveal his taste in music and share a selection of the songs that relate to his work.

Throughout his career, Jacobs has taken inspiration from the world of music – from his controversial Perry Ellis ‘Grunge’ show in 1992 to his recent SS17 collection unveiled at New York Fashion Week earlier this month, which hinted at the style codes of different musical subcultures. Here, Underworld’s “Born Slippy” blared from speakers as models walked the runway in a collection which drew from cyberpunk, 70s glam rockers and J-rock.

The inspiration behind Jacobs’ previous collection was similarly eclectic – he referenced the unique fusion of punk, disco and electro which came to characterise New York’s 1980s nightclub scene; the towering platform heels, tight finger waves and jet black lipstick conjured up the mental image of James St. James and Michael Alig dressed in Victorian drag.

Then there are the designer’s ad campaigns, which often feature cult musical icons. Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love and Missy Elliott were among the cast of the recently-released AW16 campaign, whereas AW15 saw Cher photographed by David Sims in a black ballgown, leather jacket and matching gloves.