a new exhibition will explore the work of martin margiela during his hermès years
Antwerp’s ModeMuseum will be showcasing the collections the Belgian designer created during his time as artistic director of the iconic French brand.
Hermes "Losanges" spring/summer 2003, photography Nathaniel Goldberg. Maison Martin Margiela spring/summer 1989, photography Ronald Stoops, graphic design Jelle Jespers
Next Spring, MoMu are paying tribute to the visionary work of Martin Margiela during his time heading up the womenswear collections at iconic French design house Hermès. While displaying the anonymous iconoclast's Hermès collections between 1997 to 2003 for the first time, the exhibition promises to explore the relationship between these designs and those for his eponymous label.
When Jean-Louis Dumas, then CEO of Hermés, appointed the Belgian designer as artistic director in October 1997, Margiela was already known and lauded as one of the most influential and avant-garde designers on the scene. Melding his taste for groundbreaking deconstruction with the timeless luxury long-since associated with Hermès, Margiela spent the next six years breathing life into the one of the most traditional brands in the world. A marked departure from its typical brightly coloured palette and vibrant prints, Margiela's sober, monochrome vision, paired with his innovative tailoring, brought the brand firmly into the present, making it accessible and desirable to the modern woman. Celebrating the work of a true genius, Margiela - The Hermès Years is not to be missed.
Margiela - The Hermès Years is showing from 31 March 2017 to 27 August 2017, at Antwerp's MoMu
Text Tish Weinstock