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maison martin margiela 20

Posted in book, designer, exhibition, inspiration, menswear, womenswear by benperdue on 08/06/2010

The Maison Martin Margiela 20 exhibition at Somerset House brought back memories of that cinema party at Pitti Uomo autumn/winter 2006/07 (still have the MMM espresso cup invite somewhere). True to the look of the label’s Paris atelier it ticks all the expected boxes: caravan out front, whitewashing, multiple tabi shoes, and dust sheets. Getting close to such iconic garments is a treat in itself and helps explain how Margiela made design concepts like deconstruction, hybridism, and trompe-l’œil feel sophisticated and original. In the hands of lesser designers the results can be naff. Highlight for me though was the video instalment featuring looped catwalks, backstage clips, and grainy collection previews played against a musical backdrop of old show soundtracks. The relationship between fashion and film strong as ever. (images scanned from the catalogue)

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