Discover Martin Margiela's designs
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The Palais Galliera, the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, has been closed for some time. However, it will reopen from March 3rd for an exceptional event; an exhibition dedicated to the work of Belgian designer Martin Margiela from 1989 and 2009. This is the first time that a retrospective has showcased this designer who is known for his innovative play on the structure of garments. Just cross the Seine from the Vice Versa Hotel to see for yourself!
Clothing design questioned by Martin Margiela
A graduate of Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Margiela moved to Paris where he worked as a freelancer before becoming assistant to Jean-Paul Gaultier. He showed his first collection in 1989 and was the creative director Hermès for women's line from 1988 to 2003. He was at the pinnacle of his profession between 1898 and 2003, and his trademark became the desire to show that which is usually hidden like the inner lining or the raw seams of garments. He also experimented with scale, creating oversize doll clothing before reflecting on obsolescence and crafting garments from vintage pieces and used objects.
The setting - the Palais Galliera
Martin Margiela's entire career can be explored from March 3rd to July 15th, 2018 at the Fashion Museum. A visit will also allow you to admire the building that houses this institution, the Palais Galliera. Built at the end of the 19th century by a wealthy art enthusiast, this neo-renaissance building with its large bay windows is built around a metal infrastructure made by the Eiffel Company. Its overall classicism hides lots of technical innovations. The museum and its beautiful gardens is a haven of tranquillity dedicated to beauty and creation in the heart of the sixteenth arrondissement.
Pride, Lust, and Greed are just some of the sins evoked by the Vice Versa and perhaps by the creations of Martin Margiela. Enjoy a stay with us in Paris to satisfy them!
Main photo credit : © Julien Vidal / Galliera / Roger-Viollet