Maison Martin Margiela



Now scarce book published on the occasion of Maison Martin Margiela ’20’ The Exhibition, which was a major touring show celebrating 20 years of work by the influential and enigmatic Belgian fashion designer.

Conceived in close collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela and curated by the Mode Museum (MoMu), Antwerp, the exhibition was later shown at Haus der Kunst, Munich, and Somerset House, London. This book is the catalogue which accompanied the original Antwerp exhibition, and captures Maison Martin Margiela’s deconstructivist, subversive, and often radical approach to fashion, through an examination of the themes and influences that have underpinned the fashion house since its creation. Through colour and black and white photography the book documents 20 years of Maison Martin Margiela collections, fashion shows, events, shop designs, and much more.

A graduate of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Martin Margiela formerly worked as design assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier before showing his first collection under his own label in 1988. Employing a ‘deconstructivist’ approach – monochromatic palette, outsized garments, non-traditional fabrics, the use of recycled materials and exposing the construction of his clothes – Margiela displayed a radically new visual language that diametrically opposed the power dressing of the 1980s. In deciding to let his fashion speak for itself and remain anonymous, Margiela as a brand is driven by product and sheer invention rather than fad, hype and celebrity often linked to other fashion labels.

This multi-layered exhibition captured Margiela’s unique aesthetic and vision spanning 20 years, by incorporating installations, photography, video and film. It provided an opportunity to learn more about the brand and its philosophy through a visual examination of themes that underpin the essence of the fashion house since its creation – from its deconstructivist, subversive design aesthetic and avant-garde couture to its understated branding, unusual boutique interiors and ‘trompe-l’oeil’ or optical illusion and its couture atelier white coats. Various iconic pieces from both the women and menswear collections will be on display, such as the highly replicated ‘Tabi’ boots, as well as specially recreated garments for the exhibition.

* Condition: Fine (perfect copy in Brand New condition) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Maison Martin Margiela - 20: The Exhibition
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