Margiela, les Années Hermès

Starting today through September 2nd, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is hosting a tribute to fashion designer Martin Margiela which is titled “Margiela, les années Hermès”.

The exhibition was first organized by the Mode Museum (MoMu) in Antwerp, Belgium, not far from the town of Genk, where Margiela lived before making his way to France. “Paris is the cradle of Hermès,” the museum’s fashion curator, Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière, told the Cut. “It’s Margiela’s too — he is a Belgian stylist, [but] he founded his brand in Paris.”

This presentation, she added, illustrates “how timeless his creations are, and how the master’s hand is seen in every detail.” Among the pieces on display is a range of photographs, short films, and more than 100 outfits showcasing the connection between the clothing Margiela designed for Hermès and those he created for his own eponymous label.

During his time at Hermès, Margiela designed monochromatic understated, structural pieces that weren’t always understood by his peers, but with this retrospective, the true essence of his work is at last seen in a larger context. “He’s working for posterity,” de la Carrière said, “to make a connection with other designers—and the next generation.”

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