MARGIELA: THE HERMÈS YEARS
March 31st - August 27th 2017
MOMU, Nationalestraat 28, Antwerpen
The fashion world waited eagerly for the opening of this exhibition documenting the six years that Martin Margiela spent as artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès. From 1997 to 2003 he developed a vision in which the woman is central, not an ideal image of eternal youth, but a real, natural and mature woman. For her, he developed a gradually evolving wardrobe with comfort, utmost quality and timelessness as its basic elements. He presented his collections on women of different ages and body types, and his fashion was harmonized with the wearer instead of being forced onto her body. The exhibition can be perceived as a vast wardrobe, in which the two worlds of Margiela can engage in dialogue with one another. What at first may seem to be irreconcilable worlds of luxury and avant-garde fashion have both proved inherent to Margiela’s creative DNA, and have now been brought together as part of a single vision, in which ideas and concepts that span collections and seasons are recaptured, rethought, or even renewed.