Maison Margiela

Fashion House

Maison Margiela is a fashion house founded by the Limbourg-born designer, Martin Margiela. Born in 1959, Margiela studied at the Royal Academy Antwerp, and was one of the first wave of talent to emerge from the city in the early eighties (known as the 'Antwerp Six'). In 1984 he began a three year assistantship with Jean Paul Gaultier. He then founded his own enterprise, 'Maison Martin Margiela', showing his first womenswear collection (Spring/Summer 1989) that year.

Margiela staged his first collections in unusual locations such as an abandoned metro or a circus tent. The fashion press labelled his fashion mood 'deconstruction' – an attempt to disclose the process and craft of making clothes. Martin Margiela eschewed the cult of personality that surrounds many designers and instead fostered a 'cult of impersonality', a further deconstruction of the conventions of the fashion industry.

In December 2009, a press release was issued to say that Martin Margiela had left the brand that he had created. In 2014, John Galliano, formerly Creative Director of Christian Dior (1997-2011), was appointed as Creative Director for the Margiela house. To reflect the evolution of the brand its name was changed to 'Maison Margiela'.

Maison Margiela is a fashion house founded by the Limbourg-born designer, Martin Margiela. Born in 1959, Margiela studied at the Royal Academy Antwerp, and was one of the first wave of talent to emerge from the city in the early eighties (known as the 'Antwerp Six'). In 1984 he began a three year assistantship with Jean Paul Gaultier. He then founded his own enterprise, 'Maison Martin Margiela', showing his first womenswear collection (Spring/Summer 1989) that year.

Margiela staged his first collections in unusual locations such as an abandoned metro or a circus tent. The fashion press labelled his fashion mood 'deconstruction' – an attempt to disclose the process and craft of making clothes. Martin Margiela eschewed the cult of personality that surrounds many designers and instead fostered a 'cult of impersonality', a further deconstruction of the conventions of the fashion industry.

In December 2009, a press release was issued to say that Martin Margiela had left the brand that he had created. In 2014, John Galliano, formerly Creative Director of Christian Dior (1997-2011), was appointed as Creative Director for the Margiela house. To reflect the evolution of the brand its name was changed to 'Maison Margiela'.

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