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Spotlight: Martin Margiela

Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela is a famous person we know little about when it comes to his personal life due to his want to stay out of the public eye. However, we do know a lot about his amazing ability to create fashion out of anything. Socks? Tape? Plastic shopping bag? Yes. Margiela showed the world that even those materials could be used to create haute couture.

I recently visited two Martin Margiela exhibitions in Paris. One was located at the Palais Galliera museum (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris), titled "MARGIELA / GALLIERA, 1989-2009" and the other was part of the Louvre museum's western wing, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, titled "Margiela, les nannies Hermès". If you're traveling to Paris and you'd like to see these exhibitions yourself you can view the one at the Palais Galleria until July 15th, 2018 and the one at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs until September 2nd, 2018.

I took this first photograph at the Palais Galliera. Here, we get an insight into exactly how Margiela crafted his unique sock sweater. In the next photo on the left, which I took at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, you can see the finished product.

A plastic grocery bag (Franprix, if you were wondering) turned into a tank top with thick straps.

Who knew gloves, something shaped specifically for five fingers, could go anywhere else on your body but your hands!

And finally, simple pointed toe heels, crafted with oh so glamorous packaging tape.


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