During his time as creative director for Hermès, Martin Margiela merged his deconstructed, avant garde aesthetic with the high-luxe, equestrian-rooted history of the French house. The creative fruits of this time are now the subject of a new book being published by Lannoo next month. Titled Margiela: The Hermès Years, the book’s launch has been timed to coincide with an exhibit at the MoMu museum in Antwerp that will chart all 12 collections Margiela created for Hèrmes from 1997 to the end of his tenure in 2003.
The new title features contributions from Suzy Menkes, Sarah Mower, Rebecca Arnold, and Kaat Debo and it’s said that Margiela himself went through each page to approve the publication. Of particular interest inside the book are a slew of unseen photographs of the famously shy designer, who retreated entirely from the fashion world over eight years ago. Drawings and testimonies about Margiela from his fellow peers are also included. In Marc Jacobs’ section, the American designer reflects on how highly the fashion industry reveres Belgian-born Margiela: “Anybody who’s aware of what life is in a contemporary world is influenced by Margiela,” he writes.
Margiela was initially seen as an unexpected choice when he was appointed by Hermès’ late CEO Jean-Louis Dumas to be the house’s creative director in 1997. He was largely thought of as an ill-fit for such a old-time house, yet over time, his collections proved naysayers wrong. On reflection, it’s easy to see how his appointment paved the way for designers like Demna Gvasalia to be considered seriously for a role at a house like Balenciaga.END
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