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  • Maison Martin Margiela “Artisanal” s/s 2014 haute couture collection


  • Maison Martin Margiela “Artisanal” s/s 2014 haute couture collection


  • Maison Martin Margiela “Artisanal” s/s 2014 haute couture collection



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Maison Martin Margiela “Artisanal” s/s 2014 haute couture collection

For its Artisanal s/s 2014 haute couture collection, Maison Martin Margiela took the concept of clothes recycling a step further, turning it into wearable art. Artisanal was inspired by the Maison’s large collection of used clothes, accessories and found objects around the globe, a practice that the house employs since its founding in 1988. This time Maison Martin Margiela used interior fabrics and upholstery depicting the works of renowned artists in order to reinterpret them into new fabrics, taking them out of their original context and giving them a totally new meaning. Mariano Fortuny scraps were applicated onto a white T-shirt and the geometric shapes of Frank Lloyd Wright, along with the textile prints of Verner Panton, were transformed into draping. A top was made from an assemblage of “tattoo” embroideries based on designs by Sailor Jerry, a suit and a blouse were cut from fabric prints designed by Raoul Dufy and there was even a peacoat cut from a thick tapestry based on “La femme du roi” by Paul Gauguin. Works by Robert Debieve, Jean Lurçat and Alain Cornic, as well as a Bauhaus tapestry produced in Dessau, Germany during the 1920s, also served as raw material.

The show was very dramatic and strong, with the models’ faces covered by hand-made veils that were created out of silk organdy, mixed needle embroidery of glass beads, tubes and half-tubes, crystals and silk, cotton and metal threads. A series of wigs that were made using embroidery and small found objects as well as some amazing pieces of pre-Columbian art jewellery loaned from a private collection in Antwerp put the final touch. “One of the cornerstones of the Maison’s creative expression is resurrecting these vintage pieces and recasting them in a new way that preserves the mark of time (…) The eccentricity of materials used and the complex and particular processes necessary at each stage of transformation, naturally limit quantities and ensure the unique character of these piece. A dive into the world of collectors: lifestyle spaces, archives and limited editions” explained the Maison’s creative team. An ode to individuality and avant-garde design, we would add.