The fashion creator without a face – that is the most common statement about Martin Margiela. The white fan, as I am. Or, as the other fashion lovers could say, the designer that deconstructed the clothes and reconstructed them in amazing shapes. This spring, in Paris, we could trace the most important points in his career, as well as his most innovative pieces, at Palais Galliera, in Margiela / Galliera – the exhibition. (Photo up – Martin Margiela, vest, spring-summer 1990, lacerated and glued advertising posters, white cotton inner lining © Françoise Cochennec / Galliera / Roger-Viollet)
The exhibition Margiela / Galliera will be on display from March 3rd to July 15th, 2018, at Palais Galliera (www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr).
In the exhibition we could find more than 130 silhouettes, videos of défilés, House archives and special installations.
Margiela’s conceptual approach challenged the fashion aesthetics of his time. His way of constructing a garment involved deconstructing it, exposing the inside, the lining, and the unfinished parts, and revealing the different stages of manufacture. This exhibition, the first retrospective in Paris devoted to Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela, traces the career, from spring-summer 1989 to spring-summer 2009.
Martin Margiela (b. Louvain, 1957) graduated from the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, in 1980. After he was Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant between 1984 and 1987, he became the only Belgian designer of his generation to found his own fashion house in Paris.
Margiela remains the creator without a face, the man who does not do interviews. This man who promotes anonymity is famous, not only for his use of white, a colour that he espoused in a multitude of shades, but also for holding his défilés in unusual venues.
Photography: Palais Galliera (www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr)