Martin Margiela is especially known for his deconstructivist approach and his use of second-hand materials or materials with low commercial value. His entire oeuvre is characterized by an exceptional combination of classic tailoring and conceptual thinking. Maison Martin Margiela shows the inside of an article of clothing, exposes its construction and focuses on that which fashion anxiously tries to conceal. His working method produces an analysis of the system that underlies fashion and is followed through in the many varied aspects of his fashion house.
“Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The exhibition” is not a classic retrospective exhibition, but looks more deeply into the different themes and concepts that Maison Martin Margiela has presented during the 20 years of its various collections, as well as in its fashion shows, during its installations and events worldwide.
The scenography for the exhibition is by Bob Verhelst, who was once part of Maison Martin Margiela and is very familiar with the work of the fashion house. For this project, he has taken the codes and the visual vocabulary of Maison Martin Margiela and translated them into a surprising exhibition concept.
Exhibition under the lead of:
Curators: Kaat Debo & Bob Verhelst | Scenographer: Bob Verhelst | With special thanks to: Maison Martin Margiela
Imagery © MoMu Modemuseum Antwerp, photo Ronald Stoops