ENVELOP: verb 1. To encase or enclose completely. The physical act of enveloping is one of conviction and tradition. The accumulating layers of cloth over face, each one increasingly covering, shrouding, hiding (?) serve both as an intriguing and disquieting detail. The house of Martin Margiela has both intrigued and disquieted us ever since the 80s. Its use and manipulation of masks is another physical manifestation of their ethos; their desire to deconstruct, whether that be cloth or personality. We are faced with non-faced faces, overturned heads, decoratively sheathed torsos, all which present the relentless paradox of Margielian deconstruction and reconstruction. Inspired by the uncanny masks of today's spring 14 couture show, we look back at some of the house's momentous maskings.
In a lavish ode to the hieroglyphics of Tutankhamun and modern tattoos (even a nod to Ed Hardy- only Margiela can make that fun), this beautiful collection was juxtaposed with insect like masks. Eerie and alien, these masks could have almost been a frightening contrast to the stunning clothes- instead they were a captivating disparity to the luxe looks of the body.