Jun 15, 2016 10:58AM

Missy Elliott, Genesis P-Orridge & More Star In Marc Jacobs' FW16 Campaign


It would have been unthinkable, only a few years ago, to have a major fashion house cast a gender-ambiguous, pandrogyne performance artist as the face of its seasonal ad campaign. But here we are! So major props to Marc Jacobs for making this good thing happen. The label's progressive FW16 campaign stars Genesis P-Orridge alongside a whole bunch of other significant ppl like Missy Elliott, Sissy Spacek and model duo Jarlos. 

Marc debuted the latest series of portraits on Instagram, introducing the project with the following heartfelt words: "In a continuing series of portraits for our Fall 2016 ad campaign, the individuals in these photographs represent a collective embodiment of love, honesty, integrity, courage, strength, curiosity and inspiration. Together, as one story, this collection is a reminder to question and challenge normal and to continue exploring and pushing boundaries."

The first face announced was Genesis P-Orridge, founder of seminal industrial band Throbbing Gristle and perhaps best known for their mission to become a single pandrogynous being with their wife, Lady Jayne Breyer. 

"Through music, poetry and art, Genesis continues to explore, shape shift and define what it means to give love, be loved and live love. For me, Genesis is a sort of come-to-life definition of realness and authenticity and how being lost in an experience or new idea can result in growth and evolution," said Marc of his choice. Too right. 

Next in the series is Carlos Santolalla and John Tuite, aka Jarlos, aka the the first gay couple to be signed to a modelling agency. Although they're no longer together, the two bois reunited for MJ in a portrait that was inspired in part by Jean Genet, Querelle de Brest and a nod to late legendary artists, Lou Reed and Robert Mapplethorpe. Good to see them modelling the women's collection too.   

"I was thirteen years old when I first saw Sissy Spacek's hauntingly disturbing portrayal of the pale, fragile, strawberry girl, Carrie White, in the film, Carrie," writes Marc of his decision to cast legendary actor Sissy Spacek, going on to note that "Sissy's character (that type of girl) is a reoccurring artistic reference in my work." In the pic, Sissy appears in profile, her hair caught in an updrift, looking like a queen. Yasss. 

Finally, the most recent announcement in the series is none other than Missy Elliott. Marc pays tribute to the iconic artist, saying, "Missy's music has kept me and my design team happily energised through countless weekdays, weeknights and weekends during those long hours of sketching, fitting, styling and doing looks," going on to appreciate her ability to push boundaries of the eye and the ear. Props to MJ for choosing such a badass hip-hop legend who's still killing it

Rounding out the series is a classic Marc Jacobs group shoot featuring a whole bunch of known and less known model faces, including Binx Walton and Grace Bol. We're pretty sure there are still more faces to be announced in this extremely righteous portrait series, so stay tuned... 

Photos: David Sims for Marc Jacobs

Nadia Bailey