‘BLEACHED EYEBROWS, SLITS, RIDING IN ON A WHITE HORSE’: The Marc Jacobs fashion week party dress code is anything but ordinary

There’s no party like a Marc Jacobs party.

The designer recently gave out an invite for an event he will be hosting: the release party of “Gloss,” a book about fashion photographer Chris von Wangenheim.

The New York fashion week party’s invite contains less than a hundred words, but the all caps description made sure that it screamed “legendary.” It read:

“STRICT DRESS TO KILL CODE WILL BE ENFORCED: FUR COATS OVER LINGERIE, LIP GLOSS, JERRY HALL SIDE-SWEPT HAIR, SEQUINS, GOLD LAMÉ TURBANS, PATTI HEARST SYMBIONESE LIBERATION ARMY GEAR, ROGUE, ROLLERINA CHIC, SHEER HAREM PANTS, MINI SKIRTS AND MUSCULAR LEGS, PLATINUM RECORDS AS HEAD GEAR, SEQUINS, GRACE JONES BUTCH REALNESS, GLOSS-Y SKIN, BLEACHED EYEBROWS, SLITS, RIDING IN ON A WHITE HORSE, SEQUINS, SKY HIGH STILETTOS, MIRRORED AVIATORS, METAL MESH, COWL NECKLINE HALTERS, OR EYES OF LAURA MARS CHIC. NO FLAT SHOES. NO MATTE SURFACES. NO NATURAL LOOKS.”

It looks like the very specific and slightly baffling instructions are part of the book’s theme. Wangenheim got famous for documenting wild parties in New York’s Studio 54.

The Guardian gives some descriptions of the names on the invite: “Patty Hearst is the publishing heir who was kidnapped at the age of 19; her gun-toting, beret-clad photograph has become a recognisable image of the 1970s. Rollerena was aneccentrically dressed Studio 54 character.” 

“The cult 1978 Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones thriller Eyes of Laura Marswas partly inspired by Von Wangenheim; its trash-chic aesthetic – all Lurex batwing sleeves and fuzzy fur coats – has often been cited by designers since,” it added.

Born in Berlin in 1942, Von Wangenheim was active in the fashion scene between late 1960s through the early 1980s. He died at the aged of 39 in a car crash, while he was vacationing in Saint Martin.

“Gloss: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim” is by Mauricio Padilha and Roger Padilha. It’s published by Rizzoli USA.