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Marc Jacobs and Naomi Campbell reveal the story behind one iconic photo

The pair discussed the time Jacobs sent a private jet to collect Campbell when she was stranded in Milan ahead of his first Louis Vuitton show

A picture of Naomi Campbell stepping off a plane with a whole bunch of Louis Vuitton luggage in tow (including the label’s very first baby blue monogram bag) has become, for lack of a better word, iconic. Taken in 1998 prior to Marc Jacobs’ first show for LV, where he held the position of creative director until 2014, this week, the two came together to tell the full story behind the photo. 

With Campbell having already hosted fellow supermodel Cindy Crawford as part of her new YouTube series No Filter, episode two saw Marc Jacobs dial in as special guest. Speaking on the image, Campbell remembered how she and a number of others were stuck in Milan before Jacobs’ first LV presentation in Paris, leaving the designer with no models to walk his show. 

Because this was the 90s and fashion was très glam, Jacobs did nothing other than send a private plane, filled to the brim with LV boxes, to pick Campbell and the other models up. The supermodel then explained that she asked for the paparazzi to be called, “so they can shoot us with our Vuitton luggage,” with the pictures landing on WWD soonafter. 

Reminiscing, Jacobs explained: “That was such a fabulous image. It looked like one of those iconic and fabulous photos from the 50s or the 60s.” 

The pair also spoke about the designer’s iconic grunge collection for Perry Ellis, a number of extravagant parties, and how chocolate made them become lifelong friends. Watch the full video here.