When the executives at the French luxury fashion label, Hermes, picked Belgian designer Martin Margiela for the position of creative director in 1997, the decision sent ripples across the fashion world. Margiela's designs with his own Maison Martin Margiela label were so radically different from Hermes' philosophy that many observers were skeptical about what the results of that collaboration would be.
Margiela's attitude toward fashion was more functionalist. It was built around deconstruction and renovation of existing material to make wearable modernist garments with a touch of panache. Hermes, on the other hand, had its entire brand centered around creating glamorous and stylish accouterments for the upper-class market. In spite of this seeming disconnect between Margiela and Hermes, their collaboration blossomed and saw Margiela bring a stylishly modern approach to fashion to his new patron.
The exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs explores the dynamic relationship between Margiela and Hermes during the six-year period he served as creative director of the company. Some of his most iconoclastic collection from the Hermes years will be on exhibit, under the artistic direction of Martin Margiela himself.
Marie-Sophie CARRON DE LA CARRIÈRE, Chief curator
From March 22nd to September 2nd, 2018
Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From March 22, 2018, it is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays (Temporary Exhibitions only)
Closed on Mondays
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
+33 (0)1 44 55 57 50