lørdag 20. september 2008

Martin Margiela Madness

Went to Brussels with my boyfriend last weekend since his ambassador father lives there. Very posh and very fun. His family is so down to earth and it's so strange to parade around their massive house with industrial kitchen and five living rooms. It's like living in a hotel, which is pretty sweet. Our plan was to see Metronomy, but we got drunk at a NATO dinner instead. Fabulous. But we did go to Antwerpen, which I had been looking forward to.

Antwerpen is renowned for its fashion. Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts is the birth place of The Antwerp Six (Dirk Bikkembergs, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Walter Von Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene and Martin Margiela) who revolutionized fashion in the 80s.

Martin Margiela was replaced by Marina Yee after a short period of time, but he has remained an extremely important figure in contemporary fashion design. An exhibition on Martin Margiela opened at MoMu the same weekend we were there and it was so amazing seeing his ideas and finished work up close. The label turns 20 this year and the exhibition is in a way a guide through Maison Martin Margiela's different themes and approaches to fashion.

Margiela is known for his deconstructivist approach to fashion and oftens reuses old materials and garments in his creations. He fusions tailoring with conceptual thinking and it was fascinating to explore his unique communication policy (Margiela opposes the star status of the designer and no images of Margiela is distributed), presentations and events and not to mention store design.

All in all, a wonderful exhibit and a great weekend trip to a city that more people should travel too.

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