A Visual History: Perry Ellis, Spring 1993 Ready-to-Wear
A Visual History is a series where we depict some of the most important moments in fashion history. This week, we're sharing Marc Jacobs' final show for Perry Ellis—Spring 1993 Ready-to-Wear. Jacobs had been the head of womenswear for just two years at this point, elevating the brand by taking of elements pop-culture and injecting them into a high-fashion setting. An homage to the era of grunge, models walked down the runway to Nirvana, L7, and Sonic Youth, layered in vintage-inspired flannels, baggy cargo pants, and slip dresses. Doc Martens boots and Converse sneakers were the footwear of choice, which was a completely incomprehensible move at the time; Jacobs was criticized for challenging luxury—appropriating low culture into something completely unaffordable. Needless to say, this runway show ultimately got Jacobs fired from the brand but remains one of his most important shows to this day.