Margiela the Hermès Years
Margiela The Hermès Years by Belgian stylist Martin Margiela, is currently on view at ModeMuseum (MoMu), Antwerp, until August 27, 2017. The exhibition curated by museum director Kaat Debo, features Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003 for the first time. It also explores the camaraderie between the Hermès collections and his own label, Maison Martin Margiela, during the said period. The two worlds that define the designer, ground breaking deconstruction and timeless luxury are also the points, the exhibition embarks on.
When Hermès appointed Margiela as its artistic director for the women’s ready-to-wear collections in October 1997, the founder of the label Maison Martin Margiela was already famous for almost a decade as an avant-garde designer. Margiela’s work for Hermès till date influences the work of many contemporary designers.
From 1997 to 2003 Margiela drew a thorough and consistent vision of contemporary luxury in twelve consecutive collections. The picture he presents for Hermès surprised the press. His austere and monochromatic colour palette is different from the typical colourful Hermès prints. Margiela is assisted by the quality craftsmanship of the Hermès ateliers and supported by extensive research material that not only increases the comfort of the wearer, but also introduces numerous innovations.
At the Paris Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2016-2017, Margiela was described by the international press as the real protagonist of the French fashion week, although he hasn’t been active in fashion for over 8 years now.
Martin Margiela, born 1957 in Genk, Belgium is a fashion designer, and the founder of fashion house Maison Margiela. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp in 1979. The house produces both haute couture-inspired artisanal collections and ready-to-wear collections, with the former influencing the designs of the latter. Product lines include womenswear, menswear, fine jewellery, footwear, objects, fragrance, and home goods.
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