Martin Margiela, Reinventing the feminine style

Supremely talented Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela is the focus of two retrospective exhibitions – one exploring his career at the Musée Galliera another devoted to his years with Hermès at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Martin Margiela is a byword for one of the biggest and most beautiful fashion revolutions of the 1980s. Fresh out of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, he headed for Italy, where he trained in the couture workshops of Milan, before working as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier for three years. Here, he learned about colors and honed his own relaxed, reconstructed designs – the basis for his signature style. Martin Margiela is also a larger-than-life character, a man who feels deeply and – to protect his private life – steers clear of the media spotlight. Passionate about clothes, from the 1970s, he was a regular visitor to the Musée Galliera, where he would stand for hours in front of the displays. Fascinated by the history of fashion, Margiela always took a keen interest in how clothes are constructed and made. He finally launched his own brand – Maison Martin Margiela – in Paris in 1989. This is also the start date for the exhibition, and the year he began organizing shows in the most unlikely of places – on waste ground or in warehouses and subway stations, sending shockwaves through a fashion world used to more conventional backdrops. The exhibition features 130 designs presented in a deconstructed museum setting with transformed hangings, podiums, scaffolding and display cases, and a totally resurfaced floor. It’s a great way to discover his sock sweater, black and white, Barbie, Stockman, Edredon, Oversize and Hoodies collections. A large room at the end of the retrospective contains highlights from his twenty-year design career, which ended in 2009.


Margiela, les années Hermès Les Arts Décoratifs (MAD)

107, rue de Rivoli. 75001, Paris Phone : 01 44 55 57 50 madparis.fr
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Margiela/Galliera Palais Galliera

10, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie. 75016 Phone : 01 56 52 86 00 www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr
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Martin Margiela au musée Galliera

Exposition Margiela Paris 2018

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD Paris) is shedding further light on the designer’s outlandish career with an exhibition devoted to his eight-year stint at Hermès. Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière, curator in chief, Fashion and Textiles, 1800-1939, at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, and founder of its Contemporary Design department, began adding pieces by Martin Margiela way back in 1989. It was naturally to this fashion historian and visionary that Pierre-Alexis Dumas – creative director of Hermès and president of the museum – pitched the idea of mounting an exhibition on Margiela and his years at Hermès.

The exhibition presents the clothes designed by Margiela for Hermès between 1997 and 2003 alongside those he was creating for his own fashion house at the same time, setting up a really interesting dialogue between the two. Comparing the orange of Hermès with the white of the Maison Martin Margiela, it is divided into a series of themed rooms featuring more than one hundred designs, as well as photographs and videos.

Margiela/Galiera, 1989-2009 au Palais Galliera du 3 mars au 15 juillet. Fermé lundi. 
Margiela, les années Hermès, 1989-2009 au musée des Arts Décoratifs. du 22 mars au 2 septembre. Fermé lundi. 11 €. 

poster veste Margiela exposition 2018

exposition martin margiela au musée Galiera

By Anne Kerner. Pictures : Julien Vidal & Françoise Cochennec/Galliera/Roger-Viollet - Published the

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