Somerset House is to host Maison Martin Margiela ’20’ The Exhibition, a major show celebrating 20 years of one of contemporary fashion’s most influential and enigmatic designers.
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, Margiela displayed a radically new visual language that diametrically opposed the power dressing of the 1980s.
Two decades on and Margiela is widely regarded as one of the reigning luminaries of the current fashion scene, despite no longer working for his own label, he has inspired some of the world’s most important talents such as Marc Jacobs and Prada.
Conceived in close collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela and curated by the Mode Museum, Antwerp, this show makes its London debut following critical acclaim at Antwerp and Haus der Kunst, Munich last year. This ambitious, multi-layered show captures Margiela’s unique aesthetic and vision spanning the past 20 years, by incorporating installations, photography, video and film.
The exhibition runs from 3 June to 20 September.
Maison Martin Margiela A/W 2010
Inspired by the abstraction of a black and white photograph, maison martin margiela’s fall 2010 collection is based on a new silhouette where round shoulders contrast with an elongated look due to jackets worn tucked into trousers with natural waist lines, the presence of haramaki tube belts and the use of vertical stripes.
Maison Martin Margiela 20th anniversary exhibition
Martin Margiela, the reclusive and elusive Belgian fashion designer, is celebrating 20 years of his deconstructive label. Recognizable by white hand-stitched branding, Maison Martin Margiela (20), the exhibition, is not a classic retrospective exhibition, instead exploring the different themes and concepts the house has embraced during the 20 years of its various collections, catwalk shows, concept design, branding and communications policy.
Margiela’s entire work is characterized by an exceptional combination of classic tailoring and conceptual thinking. His garments depict the inside of a clothing item, exposing its construction and focusing on that which fashion anxiously tries to conceal. Unraveling the language of clothing, Maison Martin Margiela reveals the strategies of the fashion system as he constructs something radically new. The working method produces an analysis of the system that underlies fashion and is followed through in the many varied aspects of the fashion house.
In addition to his 20th anniversary exhibition, Maison Martin Margiela is also launching a collaboration with Italian jeweller Damiani this November. A 14 piece collection of rings and pendants, deceptively transformed from earrings, will be available in yellow and pink gold and silver, all bearing the number 12. The classic signet ring has been deconstructed to be worn as either a bracelet or a pendant, oval links are sized up to form chunky, skeleton-like necklaces and bracelets.
The Martin Margiela exhibition runs from 12 September until 8 February 2009 at the Antwerp Mode Museum. limited-edition items designed specifically for the exhibition will be on sale.
There is also a rumour Martin Margiela will be collaborating with a famous Eastern denim brand.