A killer Margiela retrospective is in the works
The sly designer is rumored to be joining forces with curator Olivier Saillard on the exhibit.
Martin Margiela is one of the most celebrated, iconoclastic and intriguing creatives of all time – and he’s also one of the most stealthy (there’s only one photograph of him known to exist and he does interviews via fax only). It’s been almost a decade since he departed from the venerable house he engineered and operated from 1997-2003, and his namesake brand continues to burn with avant-garde brio and a stalwart cult following. His fusion of cutting-edge conceptualism and hybrid construction always reveals hidden narratives and engenders psychic, sartorial gut-punches impacting every designer in the game.
This morning a major retrospective of Margiela’s eye-popping oeuvre has been announced. Put on by the Palais Galliera in Paris, the unprecedented and expansive exhibit is set to go live in 2018. The designer will collaborate with whiz curator/fashion historian Olivier Saillard, according to Le Figaro’s cultural thread Figaroscope.
Saillard is a well-known devotee of Margiela, having included a coat constructed from blonde wigs (from his SS/09 collection) in the Palais Galliera’s ‘Anatomy of a Collection‘ show, which is on now through February 12th. He was also quoted in a recent documentary about the designer titled ‘The Artist Is Absent‘, saying, “Martin Margiela is different to others because he never compromised his point of view.”
However, this isn’t the only Margiela project in the works. In March, Antwerp’s MoMu museum will open a show titled ‘Margiela – The Hermès Years‘, which will explore the twelve collections he produced for the Parisian house, and their creative synergies throughout the years. We can’t wait.
Images via Martin Margiela
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