Denise Raab Jacobs

French to English translator based in New York City

About Denise Raab Jacobs

Translation for publishers, magazines, museums, media, website content.

I love what I do and approach each translation project as a new adventure. I focus on luxury brands, fashion, jewelry, the arts, travel, film, culture and lifestyle.

As a student of semantics and semiotics, I learned that the truth always lies in the words. A good translation requires close reading, textual analysis, research, context, localization and common sense. A great translation will incorporate all of the above and, when truly successful, be completely invisible.

I have translated books and articles on:

  • Fashion and luxury lifestyle (Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Pierre Cardin, Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Jacques Fath, Le Bon Marché, Longchamp)
  • Jewelry (Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Chaumet, Chanel, Dior, Fred, Dinh Van)
  • Museum catalogs for fashion exhibitions (Musée des arts décoratifs, Palais Galliéra)
  • The arts (Ballets Russes, Antique Markets of Paris, Gardens of Monet, Peynet)
  • Architecture (Hotel Lambert)
  • Photography (François Halard, Jean-Michel Berts)
  • Travel (Rio, La Mamounia, Venice, Rajasthan, the Plaza-Athénée, the Ritz Paris)
  • Film (Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Documentaries on WWII and Princess Diana
  • Fiction (The Green King)
  • Biography (The Many Lives of Toto Koopman)

Featured Clients
I am proud to work with the best

I've had the privilege to work with a variety of different clients, including Rizzoli, Abrams, Assouline, le Musée des Arts Décoratifs, CBS News, and more.

  • Martin Margiela- The Women’s Collections 1989-2009.jpg
    Martin Margiela: The Women’s Collections 1989-2009 by Alexandre Samson, Introduction by Olivier Saillard (New York: Rizzoli, 2018)

    Translated in collaboration with Liza Tripp

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    Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style by Florence Müller. Catalog for the Seattle Museum of Art (New York: Rizzoli, 2016)

  • Fashion Forward- Three Centuries of Fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.jpg
    Fashion Forward: Three Centuries of Fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs by Pierre Bergé, Olivier Gabet, Pamela Golbin and Denis Bruna (New York, Rizzoli, 2017)

    Translated in collaboration with Liza Tripp

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    Harmony Korine by Harmony Korine, Alicia Knock and Emmanuel Burdeau (New York: Rizzoli, 2018)

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    Francois Halard: A Visual Diary by Francois Halard (New York: Rizzoli, 2019)
  • The Many Lives of Miss K- Toto Koopman – Model, Muse, Spy.jpg
    The Many Lives of Miss K: Toto Koopman – Model, Muse, Spy by Jean-Noël Liaut (New York: Rizzoli, 2013)

  • Olivier Theyskens- She Walks in Beauty.jpg
    Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty by Kaat Debo, Elisa De Wyngaert, Vanessa Freidman, Lydia Kamitsis and Wim Mertens (New York: Rizzoli, 2018)


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    Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection by Laurence Benaïm (2020)
  • Cartier Panthère.jpg
    Cartier Panthère by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, Vivienne Becker, Joanna Hardy, André Leon Talley (2015)
  • Van Cleef & Arpels.jpg
    Van Cleef & Arpels by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter (2015)
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    Dior Jewelry

    by Jérôme Hanover (2012) 

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    Chanel Parfums-Beauté

    by Martine Marcovich (2011)

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    Ballets Russes

    by André Tubeuf (2011)

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    The Ritz Paris

    by Laure Verchére (2017)

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    Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche

    by Monica Burckhardt

  • Antiquaires- Paris Flea Markets.jpg

    Antiquaires: Paris Flea Markets

    by Laure Verchère (2010)

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    Le Pliage by Longchamp

    by Laure Verchère (2014)

  • Hôtel Plaza Athénée The Couture Address in Paris.jpg
    Hôtel Plaza Athénée, The Couture Address in Paris by François Simon (2015)
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    Pierre Cardin by Jean-Pascal Hesse (2017)

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    Fred (2017)

  • In the Spirit of Rio.jpg
    In the Spirit of Rio by Bruno Astuto (2016)

  • Dinh Van.jpg
    Dinh Van by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter (2015)

  • Rajasthan Style.jpg
    Rajasthan Style by Laure Vernière and Anne Garde (2015)

  • Chaumet.jpg

    by Fabienne Reybaud (2017)

  • The Light of Jerusalem.jpg
    The Light of Jerusalem by Jean-Michel Berts and Elie Wiesel (2014)
  • Pierre Cardin 60 Years of Innovation.jpg

    Pierre Cardin: 60 Years of Innovation

    by Jean-Pascal Hesse (2010)

  • Lovers By Peynet.jpg

    Lovers by Peynet

    by Raymond Peynet, forward by Jean Plantu (2011)

  • Les Mondes De Chaumet .jpg
    Les Mondes de Chaumet by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter (2018)

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    Hôtel Lambert by Patrick Mauriès (2020, for private release)

  • Icons of Vintage Fashion- Definitive Designer Classics at Auction 1900-2000.jpg
    Icons of Vintage Fashion: Definitive Designer Classics at Auction 1900-2000 by Penelope Blanckaert (Abrams, 2013)

    Translated in collaboration with Lenora Ammon

  • Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny.jpg
    Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny Dominique Lobstein and Jean-Pierre Gilson (Abrams, 2013)

  • Love Looks Not with The Eyes- Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen.jpg
    Love Looks Not with The Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau (Abrams, 2012)

  • Paul Smith A to Z.jpg
    Paul Smith: A to Z by Olivier Wicker (Abrams, 2012)

More About Denise

Raised in Paris, now living in New York City.


  • B.A. Finch College, M.A., M.Phil. French Literature, Columbia University, New York
  • NYU translation studies courses: translating the news, subtitling for film and multimedia, marketing and advertising, and journalistic translation.

Other projects

  • Taught translation courses at Columbia University, private tutoring.
  • Translated/edited speeches for the United Nations General Assembly.

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