18 MARCH 2003

Winona Ryder's courtroom appearances in demure designs by Marc Jacobs – many compared the star's shoplifting trial to a catwalk show – has apparently paid off. The Girl, Interrupted beauty stars in the designer's spring/summer campaign, which includes some tongue-in-cheek references to her brush with the law.

In one of the stunning photographs by Juergen Teller, Winona sports a surprised look as she's caught in what appears to be in a dressing room. In another snap, a pair of scissors sits on a nearby table as she models a sweater next to a large handbag full of clothing – an obvious reference to her eventful trip to Saks Fifth Avenue, where she was accused of cutting tags off of merchandise.

"I asked Winona to do the campaign because I thought she looked so beautiful in all these pictures that we've seen recently, regardless of whether they were from the trial," says the designer. And Jacobs admits he was aware the adverts would cause a stir, remarking: "It would be stupid for me to say I didn't expect any reaction."

When he asked Winona to pose for the shots, the actress sent him flowers and a note saying, "I'm thrilled that you asked me. It's a great honour." The response may not have been a surprise, however, as the raven-haired starlet has been a longtime fan – a Marc Jacobs jumper valued at $760 was among the $5,560 worth of items she was charged with stealing.

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The photos include references to Winona's shoplifting incident, in which she was charged with stealing, among other items, a Marc Jacobs jumper
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The designer signed the actress after she wore a number of his outfits during her trialPhoto: © Reuters
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