Margiela: The Hermes Years

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When Hermès met Margiela… From 31 March 2017 to 27 August 2017, the famous MoMu (Antwerp, Belgium) is displaying Belgian stylist Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003 for the first time.

The tribute exhibition also explores the relationship during these years between these collections and his own label, Maison Martin Margiela. Groundbreaking deconstruction and timeless luxury – the two worlds of designer Martin Margiela – are the starting point of the exhibition ‘‘MARGIELA, THE HERMÈS YEARS’’.

When the Parisian house Hermès appointed Martin Margiela as its artistic director for the women’s ready-to-wear collections in October 1997, the founder of Maison Martin Margiela had already been known for almost a decade as one of the most influential avant-garde designers.

His predilection for the deconstruction, recycling and recovery of materials was unheard of in the fashion world of that era. His conceptual approach to the presentation, sales and communication of his collections has changed the way we think about fashion and its underlying mechanisms, as well as our opinions on craftsmanship, commerce, authorship and innovation.

MARGIELA, THE HERMÈS YEARS
31/03/2017 > 27/08/2017

 

© HERMÈS Autumn/Winter 1998 image of the advertising campaign over-painted by Martin Margiela (Cape Cod watch designed by Henri d’Origny and double-tour strap bracelet created by Martin Margiela) – photo Thierry Le Goues – graphic design Jelle Jespers

HERMES Autumn Winter 1998 Margiela book - sleekdesign


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