Maison Margiela is a French haute couture house, founded in Paris in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela. The famous stylist follows his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, then works in collaboration with designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and, from 1988 onwards, on his own collections. Considered a reference name in the field of avant-garde fashion, he works on the concept of deconstructing clothes to give them new meanings, referring to the sartorial freedom of the 70s. The dominant colors in his first collections are powerful colors like black, white and red.
A few years later he was appointed artistic director of women's collections at the French high-fashion house Hermès, which respects the tradition of luxury and high quality tailoring. At the same time, he continues his own work for Maison Martin Margiela, whose first boutique opens in Tokyo in 2000.
Maison Martin Margiela has also participated in various exhibitions in museums such as "Martin Margiela (9/4/1615)" organized at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, for this occasion, eighteen dresses are created that reproduce some past creations of the Maison. In 2014, the Maison named John Galliano as Creative Director, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of the brand. The clothes are disassembled to then be reborn in an unexpected way, giving off a new unusual beauty through an ingenious sartorial work and a myriad of new details.
Masculine and feminine at the same time, and often tending towards the fusion of the two genres, Maison Margiela promotes a new approach to deconstruction, reinterpretation and the redefinition of the silhouettes of prêt-à-porter for men and women.
One of the firm leaders of the Maison's creative expression is to "resurrect" even vintage pieces and to change their shape in a new way, preserving the brand of its time. These reworked pieces are also reinterpreted with new fabrics. Every single piece of Haute Couture is made entirely in an artisan way in the Maison's atelier.