See Frances Bean Cobain In Her First Fashion Campaign
The Debrief: Following in her mum Courtney Love’s footsteps, Frances Bean Cobain is the New York designer’s latest muse.
Just like Lily-Rose Depp and Iris Law, Frances Bean Cobain has joined the ranks of celebrity children to become the face of an international fashion house. As the daughter of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Frances Bean has spent her life seeing designers pine for her parent’s sense of style and recreate their look for a new audience. But, now it’s this young 24-year-old who is being honoured by Marc Jacobs in her own right.
‘I first met Frances Bean when she was 2 years old at a dinner with her mom (Courtney) and Anna Sui in 1994 at Bar Six in NYC.’ Marc Jacobs wrote on Instagram, ‘I have always wanted to work with Frances. Her beauty, uniqueness, and strength is something I have long admired and respected.
‘Few things remain as constant as my continued inspiration from those whose honesty, integrity, courage, and curiosity lead them to explore and venture beyond preconceived boundaries.’
The new spring summer 17 advert shows Frances Bean shot in black and white by David Sims staring straight into the camera. With her hair falling across her face, she’s seen wearing her a sheer pintuck dress with a Victoriana collar. She told Vogue, ‘The shoot had a very organic feel—all the makeup was my own. We used the lipstick from right out of my purse, and no one did anything to my hair. They just put me in the clothes.’
Marc Jacobs is a natural fit for Frances Bean’s first fashion campaign. Back in the ‘90s the designer, while working at Perry Ellis brought the grunge aesthetic, which Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love popularised, to the mainstream.
A designer’s muse is usually a totem of their brand’s ethos. And, Marc Jacobs has always been considered in his choices. His instinct for zeitgeist casting started early on in his career. For instance, in 1992, he put Chloë Sevigny on the catwalk at his revolutionary Perry Ellis show. Over the years he’s switched between patronising the careers of young celebrity scions, like Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber, to honouring indie Hollywood icons, like Sofia Coppola and Winona Ryder, to repositioning household faces like Victoria Beckham and Cher.
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