Jeremy Scott is a American fashion designer born in Kansas, Missouri. Scott studied at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and began his career in 1990s showcasing his work in the Paris Fashion Week. He is famous for creating comical and outrageous designs like one-legged pants. In order to establish his image and name, Scott did several shows in France before returning to the United States. In the Most Important People in Fashion list of Face‘s issue, Jeremy was ranked at thirty-one higher than Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
Vogue magazine called his spring prêt-a-porter collection in the runway show of 2000, a humorous reply to all the critics who accused him of producing bizarre clothes that no one would like to wear. This shows that the designer knows how to pull himself up and not give up.
His unusual and out-of-the-box collections have been flaunted by celebrities, such as Kanye West, Björk, Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Robyn, Paris Hilton, Madonna, Cory Kennedy, Kylie Minogue, Yelle, Lady Gaga, Hayley Williams, Gwen Stefani, Wonder Girls, ASAP Rocky, Beth Ditto, Justin Timberlake, Nickie Minaj, Fergie, Tori Amos, Santogold and Christina Aguilera among others.
In 2008, Scott collaborated with Adidas to launch an apparel and footwear collection that became popular among hip hop personalities. Prior to this, their first collaboration happened in 2002 for a project in which Scott made a jacquard in silk with an image of scattered money. Only hundred pairs were made of the design and distributed equally among Adidas and Jeremy Scott.
During the course of his career, he faced some accusations as well. In 2012, it was decided by Adidas to stop the distribution and selling of the JS Roundhouse Mids by Scott when the sneakers were criticized for resembling shackles and citing slavery. Scott denied any such links of his design to slavery and told the media that the shoes were inspired by My Pet Monster, a kid’s toy. The designer stated in an interview that his work is sometimes misunderstood and he is okay with it since art is always open to interpretation. It is against his ideology to restrict any viewer to express his/her emotions, feelings and thoughts regarding his work. Another controversial story about Jeremy Scott took place in 2013 when was accused of copying the designs from Santa Cruz Skateboards and this incident led Scott to cease the collection’s production.
In 1997, his formal catwalk presentation took place for the first time in Paris. It was called Rich White Women. The show displayed asymmetrical trouser cuts and malfunctioned t-shirts. However, the next year’s show, Contrapied, pushed all the boundaries. It received a mixture of bemusement, derision and incredulity. Despite all this, Scott has received international recognition and he won the Venus de la Mode Award in 1996 and 1997 for being the Year’s Best Designer. Two years later, he was acknowledged by the Council of Fashion designers of America and was selected for the Best Young Designer. He appeared in Wheel of Fortune as a contestant in 2002 and dressed Vanna White, its hostess.
Before moving his residence to Beverly Hills, Scott lived on a farm in the outskirts of Kansas. One of his collections, S/S 2012 for men reflected his inspiration from these two worlds – from where he started and where he ended up.