MARGIELA RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITON AT GALLIERA

1 mars 2018
Martin Margiela, waistcoat, Fall-winter 1989-1990 & pair of tabi boots with graffiti, 1991
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MARGIELA / PALAIS GALLIERA
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris
MARCH 3 RD – JULY 15TH, 2018
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This exhibition, the first retrospective in Paris devoted to Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela, traces the career, from spring-summer 1989 to spring-summer 2009, of a designer who not only questioned the structure of garments but also challenged the structure of the fashion system.
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Martin Margiela, ribbon worn as rings, Fall-winter 1989-1990 & false nails set, Fall-winter 1989-1990
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Martin Margiela graduated from the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, in 1980. After a stint as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant between 1984 and 1987, he was associated with the Antwerp school and became the only Belgian designer of his generation to found his own fashion house in Paris.
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Martin Margiela, pair of sleeves-gloves held by safety-pins, Fall-winter 1993-1994 &  human-size adapted doll jumper, Fall-winter 1994-1995
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Margiela’s conceptual approach challenged the fashion aesthetics of his time. His way of constructing a garment involved deconstructing it, exposing the inside, the lining, and the unfinished parts, and revealing the different stages of manufacture: pleats, shoulder pads, patterns, bastings and all.
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Martin Margiela, sleeveless jacket, Spring-summer 1998 & doll jeans and jumper, Spring-summer 1999
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He pushed the scale of a garment to extremes, enlarging the proportions to 200% in his “Oversize Collection”, for example, or by adapting dolls’ clothes to the life-size human form in the “Barbie Collection”. He printed trompe-l’œil photos of dresses, sweaters and coats and established a new form of “cloven” shoe inspired by traditional Japanese tabis, i.e. with the big toe separated from the others. He also created his “Replica” series of vintage clothes garnered from around the world and reproduced identically.
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Martin Margiela, wigs and hairpieces jacket, Fall-winter 2008-2009 & poster worn as a dress, Spring-summer 2009
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Margiela remains the creator without a face, the man who does not do interviews, and whose clothes came with a plain white label bereft of any brand-name. This man who promotes anonymity is famous, not only for his use of white, a colour that he espoused in a multitude of shades, but also for holding his défilés in unusual venues: in car-parks, warehouses, a metro station, or on waste ground.
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Martin Margiela, “Incognito” glasses, Spring-summer 2008
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Using more than 130 silhouettes, videos of défilés, House archives and special installations, the Margiela / Galliera exhibition offers us an unprecedented look at one of the most influential contemporary fashion designers.
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