Martin Margiela can be considered the fashion designer’s designer and possibly a 7th member of the Antwerp 6, Rei Kawabuko and the late Alexander McQueen praised his work as inspirational. Margiela was born on April 9, 1957 in Belgium and studied fashion at the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Antwerp. After graduating cut his teeth as a freelance designer (1980-1985) before three years assisting Jean Paul Gaultier.
In 1989 Margiela set up his own label in Brussels and soon gained a reputation amongst the Paris fashion scene- it should be remembered that this was a decade obsessed with status and brashness whilst Margiela was a happy fashion Scientist, transforming butchers aprons into elegant dresses or vintage ball gowns into jackets, seams are reversed, threads hang loose and tights are laddered and worn over shoes. His work was soon labeled by the Press as “deconstruction”. His label can be considered a joke in it’s self: a blank square of fabric tacked roughly onto the garment.
The invite to his 1997 Paris show was entirely blank except for a map of Paris-those unwise enough to miss the event were catered for via a video of the event filmed on it’s side with an Oom-pah Oom-pah band accompaniment. Margiela has also shown his collections in the dark, used life sized marionettes or declined to show his collections at all.