Marc Jacobs: Fashion and Politics Don't Mix

July 20, 2012 By:

A lot of fashion designers and those in the fashion world like to make political statement with their “fashion.” Now, I’ve never understood how wearing a red shirt with a giant blue X is un-American, but a ton of designers like to get their political views across in their clothing lines, but Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs says you shouldn’t do this.

“I guess with politics and fashion, you’ve always got to be a bit careful because somebody’s going to get offended or somebody’s going to feel it isn’t right,” Jacobs told Women’s Wear Daily.

He might be referring to Anna Wintour’s public support of Barack Obama and how a lot of conservative fashion lovers turned on her. He might also be referring to John Galiano and his antisemitism. Either way, Jacobs says you should just make clothes. Period.

“I don’t want to sound stupid or ignorant or anything, but I spend my time in the studio choosing fabric and colors and trying to figure out what we’re going to make, If you want to avoid controversy, you just don’t do [political] things like that.”

That being said, Jacobs is being something of a hypocrit. Marc has always been vocal about his political opinions in the past. He created a T-shirt line in support of the Tibetan Freedom Coalition against Chinese occupations of Tibet, which caused havoc on Chinese social network site Weibo when users threatened to boycott the designer.

He’s also super vocal about gay rights and Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.