Saturday, 21 April 2012

Designer: Maison Martin Margiela

"Martin Margiela (born April 9, 1957 in GenkBelgium) is a Belgian fashion designer. He studied at Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts along with the legendary avantgarde fashion collective the Antwerp Six. Many still consider him to be the "7th" member of the collective.

After graduation in 1980 he worked as a freelance designer for five years. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked for Jean Paul Gaultier, before showing his first collection under his own label in 1989. Between 1997 to 2003 he became, despite his non-traditional design, the creative director of the Hermès women's line.
During the 1980s, the Japanese avantgardists, with Rei Kawakubo—creator of the label Comme des Garçons—had turned the fashion scene upside-down with their eccentric and ground-breaking designs. Martin Margiela and the Antwerp Six would carry on the work, revolting against the luxurious fashion world with garments of oversized proportions such as long arms, and with linings, seams and hems on the outside. The concept of deconstruction, also embraced by the aforementioned Rei Kawakubo, is important for the understanding of Martin Margiela's fashion statement. Margiela famously redesigns by hand objects such as old wigs, canvases and silk scarves into couture garments."
Plastic Fur Jacket by Maison Martin Margiela, made of plastic garment label fastenings.

Paper Towel Tuxedo Jacket by Maison Martin Margiela.

Hair Comb Short Dress by Maison Martin Margiela.

Mask Bolero by Maison Martin Margiela, made of latex hair masks.
A backless “top” made from badminton shuttlecocks in honour of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I wouldn’t really call that a top, but whatever.

 MMM’s clothing aren’t always form-flattering (they usually aren’t!), they are truly inspirational and completely out-of-the-box. 
Maison Martin Margiela - Mirror Sneakers
Maison Martin Margiela - Mirror Sneakers

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