Lana Wachowski will be one of the new faces of Marc Jacob’s 2016 spring/summer ad campaign.
The fashion designer made the announcement on his instagram, releasing an image of Wachowski modelling a blue chequered dress and cardigan.
In the post Jacob explained his vision for the new collection, saying “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.”
He decided to approach the transgender film director after watching the speech she gave whilst receiving the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Visibility award.
According to Jacobs, “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 any time in your life.”
The full collection will be unveiled next month.
Lana Wachowski came out as a transgender woman publicly in 2012 after years of rumours about the directors gender identity.
Recently Eddie Redmayne admitted that whilst working with Wachowski on last year’s Jupiter Ascending, the director helped him to prepare for his role as transgender artist Lilli Elbe in the critically acclaimed The Danish Girl.
However, the designer hit back, saying “Yup. I’m gay. Sometimes I enjoy sex. Sometimes!”