One of the crucial enigmatic figures in style is starring in his return. However not as a designer.
Following within the footsteps of the legendary Helmut Lang, the well-known Belgian designer Martin Margiela is forgoing style for the positive arts. In 2009, Margiela departed from the eponymous model she based in 1988 and has remained beneath the radar ever since. Nonetheless, he has simply introduced that he’ll current an exhibition of his art work on the Lafayette Anticipations gallery in Paris from April 15 to July 25 entitled Martin Margiela. The reveals will embody a mixture of images, sculptures and extra by no means earlier than revealed to the general public.
Margiela was at all times firmly within the subject of style avant-garde with shut ties to artwork, so the transfer is a logical however sophisticated transition to make, particularly contemplating her rejection of the limelight. Margiela’s quest for anonymity was so excessive that not solely did she by no means take the usual curtsy at her reveals, however photographers needed to secretly camp outdoors Margiela’s workplaces whereas she was nonetheless her artistic director to get a photograph of him as none had been made public in many years.
Apart from his participation in an exhibition about his work at Hermès (the place he was artistic director from 1997 to 2003) and a documentary, Martin Margiela: in his personal phrases, has not often been seen. “I used to be fed up with the system of getting to take action many collections a yr,” mentioned Reiner Holzemer, the director of that documentary. The Guardian. “After he left, he suffered bodily and it took a yr to recuperate from the stress.”
It was these two initiatives that sparked a renewed curiosity in Margiela’s physique of labor and the query of whether or not or not she would ever return to design. Though he hinted at his curiosity in doing it in 2019, nothing concrete ever got here out. Whether or not or not she is going to return to style is a query solely Margiela can reply, however this new show must be sufficient to assist her loyal fanbase, for now.