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Martin Margiela: Re-visiting The Hermès Years
Antwerp's MoMu museum will show clothes from 1997 through the six year period when the Belgian designer re-interpreted women’s fashion at the noble French luxury house
9 Ноября 2016
Martin Margiela, the Belgian designer whose spare and conceptual aesthetic is being re-viewed and re-visited by a new fashion generation, will be the subject of an exhibition in his birth country.
The MoMu museum in Antwerp will concentrate on a rich but often neglected period: “The Hermès Years”. The clothes created from 1997–2003 by Margiela for the traditional Parisian fashion house will go on display together for the first time as a fashion entity. The show, marking two decades since the unexpected collaboration between the French haute luxury house and the inventor of recycling as a fashion format, will be staged from 31 March until 27 August 2017 at the Belgian fashion museum.
The late Jean-Louis Dumas, head of the Hermès family and CEO of the company, surprised the fashion world by picking in Margiela a designer whose iconoclastic vision might have been seen as the absolute opposite of a brand whose roots were in leather saddles and accoutrements for the upper-class horsey set.
While the co-stars of the 1990s were Tom Ford at Gucci with his high-gloss sexy approach and Miuccia Prada with her ugly-intellectual aesthetic, Margiela produced for Hermès clothes that were elegant in an edgy way, making a clear statement about a masculine aesthetic but using tactile fabrics for a feminine allure.