Nine years have elapsed since the Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela officially bowed out of the fashion industry. However, his legacy and impact on the fashion world still reverberate strongly in major fashion capitals of the world. Few people can deny that Margiela was the most iconic designer of his generation. Several famous designers have cited him as a strong influence on their work, including Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs.
Despite the fact that Margiela’s highly radical collections are widely sought after by his peers, fashion enthusiasts and celebrities, few people can actually put a face behind the name that commands such reverence. The designer has always declined all interviews and only one (unverified) photograph of him exists on the internet. The photograph was allegedly taken by a New York Times photojournalist in 1997, the same year Margiela became creative director of the Hermes women’s line. He would go on to work in that capacity for the next six years, completely reinventing the world of fashion.
The Musee des Arts Decoratifs is hosting an exhibition of Margiela’s collections with a focus on his designs during the Hermes period. This retrospective exhibition hopes to shed light on the creative inroads between Margiela’s designs when he was creative director of Hermes and simultaneously the director of his own Maison Margiela label. Interestingly, the exhibition will be directed by Margiela himself.
Marie-Sophie CARRON DE LA CARRIÈRE, Chief curator
From March 22nd to September 2nd, 2018
Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From March 22, 2018, it is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays (Temporary Exhibitions only)
Closed on Mondays
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
+33 (0)1 44 55 57 50