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Maison Martin Margiela

Rizzoli, 2009
367 pages
Fully illustrated, colour
ISBN: 9780847831883

Graduating from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the 1980s, Martin Margiela (and his contemporaries in the Antwerp Six) transformed global fashion with his aggressive restatement of traditional fashion design and a polemical approach to luxury trends.

Working first with the house of Gaultier, Margiela absorbed the radical design of Japanese deconstruction, making it wholly his own with the founding of his own label in 1988. Margiela propounds a singular, enigmatic look, moving beyond the recognizable tropes of deconstruction‚ a monochromatic palette, outsized garments, non-traditional fabrics, exposed seams, or roughly appliquèd details‚ to develop a fully considered worldview, one with elegance, mystery, and menace in equal measure.

This book provides an inside look at the design process from a craftsman who creates pieces prized for their originality, delicacy, and daring.


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