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'The Matrix' Director Lana Wachowski Stars in Marc Jacobs Campaign

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Lana Wachowski

"It is with an overwhelmingly full heart that I share this first portrait of our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign," Jacobs wrote on Instagram.

Marc Jacobs has tapped Lana Wachowski, formerly Larry Wachowski, who directed The Matrix with brother Andy Wachowski, to star in his spring 2016 campaign. The designer unveiled the ad, photographed by David Sims and styled by Katie Grand, on Instagram on Wednesday.

"This season’s ad campaign represents a series of connected events; a visual narrative. It is a personal diary of people who have and continue to inspire me and open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking," wrote Jacobs.

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The designer shared that he was first introduced to Wachowski, who announced her gender transition from male to female in 2012, via YouTube.

"The speech Lana gave to accept the Human Rights Campaign, Visibility Award, (October 20, 2012) was utterly profound in its script and her articulate, brilliant and timeless delivery," he explained. "She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility."

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Check Jacobs' personal Instagram handle (@themarcjacobs) to see who else the designer has enlisted to star in the series. But for now, read his touching caption in full below.

 

This season’s ad campaign represents a series of connected events; a visual narrative. It is a personal diary of people who have and continue to inspire me and open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking. The spectrum of individuals photographed in our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign represent a celebration of my America. In collaboration with photographer David Sims and stylist Katie Grand, the people featured in our campaign personify this collection of fashion through their individuality. Collectively, they embody and celebrate the spirit and beauty of equality. It is with an overwhelmingly full heart that I share this first portrait of our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. Lana Wachowski. I was first introduced to Lana via YouTube in December 2012. The speech Lana gave to accept the Human Rights Campaign, Visibility Award, (October 20, 2012) was utterly profound in its script and her articulate, brilliant and timeless delivery. She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility. I found myself referencing Lana’s words in my daily life and sharing her speech with close friends. In the days before our Spring/Summer ‘16 fashion show and through a fateful series of communications, much to my incomprehensible delight, Lana accepted an invitation to our show in New York City and thus I took her, “fashion show virginity.” Lana’s ineffable beauty captured by David in this portrait reminds me of the personal sentiment she shared with me about, “learning you can make important friends at anytime in your life.”

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