All posts tagged: Martin Margiela

‘The Artist is Absent’ – an insider short film on Martin Margiela.

My true admiration for master Margiela is profound. I know his work from the start, although at that time I could not afford his clothes. But I know about the memorable subway station show, the covered/masked faces in every show so delicately different from one and other, the brilliant make up-time after time- by Belgium’s best make up artist ever Inge Grognard, the wigs flowing over in hair-made coats, the bedcover coat (I got one!!) and much more great stories about Martins rebellion against a tide of commercialism that gamed out creativity. Fashion became more and more dominated by the cult of personality (at this moment it completely took over) so Margiela’s refusal to claim the credit for the stardom he did not want is most remarkable and a statement in a celebrity driven world. “Martin Margiela is different to others because he never compromised his point of view,” explains fashion curator Olivier Saillard in this new film supported by YOOX and directed by Alison Chernick, which explores the career of the mysterious Margiela. “The Artist is …

The Squid Stories image of the day #8.

Only 100 people had been invited to the show (editors and friends of the designer: photographer Nick Knight, Alber Elbaz (Lanvin), Kate Moss and Jamie Hince (The Kills), colleagues Manolo Blahnik and Christopher Bailey and one of his biggest fans Anna Wintour.  The occasion? The long expected return of fashion ‚enfant terrible’ John Galliano for Maison Margiela. Galliano was not the obvious, minimal media-avoiding successor of Martin, but as I said when the news was announced a year ago: it was going to be controversial. Or a complete failure, or a bomb.