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The Hermès years of Martin Margiela on display in Antwerp

From the 31st of March to 27th of August Momu - Mode Museum in Antwerp – will celebrate the artistic partnership between the designer Martin Margiela and the maison Hermès, showing for the first time the creations designed from 1997 to 2003.

The exhibition "Margiela: The Hermès Years" will introduce the choice of the then Hermès’ CEO  Jean-Louis Dumas to nominate as creative director one of the most influential and avant-garde designers of the world  in October of 1997. Margiela had a different style from the Parisian luxe brand, but gave a great contribution to the maison.

The concept of colothing deconstruction was of prime importance for the designer. He applied it to create new meanings, while he prefers creativity and the recycling of the materials to the Eighties ostentation.

Margiela managed to blend two irreconcilable spirits in his twelve collections for Hermès: the respect for the luxe tradition and the sartorial art with the incessant structural experimentation. He abandoned Hermès signature prints, and created modest, monochromatic collections, now wholly on display for the first time.  

Eight years after his retirement from the fashion world, his country of origin has decided to celebrate his career with some of his masterpieces, in a unique, incomparable exhibition.


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