Friday, August 10, 2007
Martin Margiela is not synonymous with deconstructed understatement, but he is not far from it either. Born in Belgium in 1957, Martin took his design classes at Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1980. He was one of the six original members of the legendary Antwerp's Six (Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dirk Van Saene, Ann Demeulemeester and Walter Van Beirendonck), but soon left them in favour of Jean Paul Gaultier.
In 1988, Margiela presented his first collection under his own label, and today, Maison Martin Margiela counts 8 different collections (women's, men's, accessories and shoes) . The collections are differentiated by numbers, and the labels on the garments are basically the same for all collections, except for a circle around the relevant collection number. Moreover, the labels are fastened with the typical four visible white stitches in the neck.
Martin Margiela's concept stores are called Maison Martin Margiela, and are situated around the globe, in cities as Paris, Brussels, Tokyo, New York, Taipei, Seoul and Hong Kong. The stores have a very inconsistent look, and the only consistency seems to be the color (!) white.
(Maison Martin Margiela - 25 bis - rue de Montpensier - Paris)
Secret Society currently stocks Martin Margiela collection 10, 14 and MM6. The first two being men's colletions, while the latter is vêtements pour ♀.
Hope to see you soon!
Have a nice weekend,