New Fashion Exhibit in Paris 2018- Margiela: The Hermès years

Designer Martin Margiela, King of Deconstruction in the fashion world, became the Creative Director at Hermès in April 1997. Quality and comfort were two key elements in his designs and while most of the designers in the 90s focused on Avant Garde, Martin chose to go in the direction of a timeless wardrobe without bright bold colors or patterns.

What I found to be the most interesting part of Margiela as a designer was his choice of using models that ranged from 25-65 years old. He believed that you could wear fashion at any age and his Collections with Hermès clearly reflected these ideas and values.

Structured Silhouette with a "Cigarette" Shoulder Margiela Hermes Paris France Musèe des Arts et Décoratifs
Structured Silhouette with a “Cigarette” Shoulder

Simplicity and understated luxury were some of his other attributes as a designer and you can undoubtedly see that each piece is beautifully constructed and timeless. Today, you can still see people walking in the streets of Paris wearing some of the very same iconic pieces. Less is more and the Parisien women have mastered the look.

Cashmere and Leather - Fall/Winter 2002-2003 Margiela Hèrmes Paris France Musèe Arts et Décoratifs
Cashmere and Leather – Fall/Winter 2002-2003

Margiela liked to work with interesting Oversleeve Coats where you could create a Cape look with a vertical slit under the arms. In essence, you could have two looks with one coat.

Sur-Manche "Oversleeve" Margiela Hèrmes Paris France Musèe Arts et Décoratifs
Oversleeve “Sur-Manche” Coat

One of his most interesting pieces to date was the White Duvet coat circa 1999 that is currently selling on eBay for more than $10,000 dollars. In the winter of 1999/2000, these coats were flying off the shelves and the NY Times decided to write an article about the popularity of this coat in the streets of Manhattan.

White Duvet Coat circa Winter 2000 Margiela Hèrmes Paris France Musèe Arts et Décoratifs
White Duvet Coat circa Winter 2000

Evening wear was later added to his collection at Hermès where he introduced the Overskirt “Sur-jupes” and ankle length sweaters in cashmere and silk. The look was classic and flattering to any body type.

Classic Skirt Overlay - Autumn/Winter 2002-2003 Margiela Hermes Musèe Arts et Decoratifs Paris
Classic Overskirt “Sur-jupes” – Autumn/Winter 2002-2003

The Duffle Coat with its distinctive buckles and capuche from the 2001 Collection can be seen worn today with its large square pockets.

Duffle Coat - Fall/Winter 2000-2001 Margiela Hèrmes Paris France Musèe des Arts et Décoratifs
Duffle Coat – Fall/Winter 2000-2001

If we are to remember anything from Margiela’s contributions to Hermès, it is to recognize that simple clothes well made are just as innovative and creative as Avant Garde pieces.

Musée Arts et Décoratifs in Paris is currently running this fashion exhibit until this Summer. For more information, click here.

For more information about other Fashion Exhibitions in Paris currently running, click here

 

 

 

 

 

10 Replies to “New Fashion Exhibit in Paris 2018- Margiela: The Hermès years”

  1. Great read! Loved learning about all the deconstruction fashion by Margiela. Had no idea that his designs are still very much in fashion today. Hope I get to see this exhibit in Paris one day!

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