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 €.