Margiela. The Hermès Years
Exhibition, MoMu, Antwerp, Belgium.
MoMu is displaying Belgian styling Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003. This tribute exhibition also explores the relationship between these collections and his own label, Maison Martin Margiela. Ground-breaking deconstruction and timeless luxury – the designer’s two worlds – are the starting point. Margiela instilled his exhaustive and consistent vision of modern-day luxury; his sleek designs were all about comfort, timelessness, and tactility.
His sober and monochrome colour palette diverged from the typical brightly coloured Hermès prints. Assisted by the outstanding craftsmanship of the Hermès studios, Margiela was able to distil his design and tailoring into sheer perfection, supported by extensive material research that not only enhanced the comfort of the wearer, but also introduced numerous innovations.