Maison Martin Margiela: 20 Years The Exhibition
Kaat Debo, Barbara Vinken
In October 2008, Maison Martin Margiela celebrated its 20th anniversary. For this occasion, the Antwerp Fashion Museum presented the unique exhibition, MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA ( 20) The exhibition was conceived in close collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela.
In 1988, after graduating from the fashion department of the Antwerp Academy and working as an assistant for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela and Jenny Meirens established Maison Martin Margiela. Their first pioneering fashion show followed in October of that same year. Margiela’s designs were radically new and diametrically opposed the power dressing of the 1980s. He furthermore declined public appearances. Early in his career, Margiela emphatically decided to let his fashion speak for itself. All interviews are consistently given in the name of the Maison as a whole and no photographs of the designer are distributed as a sharp reaction against the star status that dominated the fashion scene of the 1980s and 1990s.
Maison Martin Margiela is especially known for its deconstructivist approach and its use of second-hand materials or materials with low commercial value. Its entire oeuvre is characterized by an exceptional combination of classic tailoring and conceptual thinking. Margiela showed the inside of a clothing item, exposed its construction and focused on unravelling the grammar of clothing,
In perfect condition.