Parisian fashion house Maison Margiela has been a name to know for its sartorial excellence since its birth in 1988. The eponymous label was launched by Belgian designer Martin Margiela, whose creations in men’s and womenswear have pushed the boundaries of design with it’s deconstructing, reinventing and redefining of the male and female silhouette.
#1 The Maison Martin Margiela Journey
Martin Margiela’s first taste of working in the fashion industry was in 1984 when he started working at Jean Paul Gaultier as a design assistant. Four years later and the Maison Margiela label launched into the luxury fashion market. Not fulfilled with the pressures of one label, Martin simultaneously becomes womenswear director at Hermes later in 1997.
Passionate about the world of fashion as well as challenging social and fashion norms, the Maison Margiela label was first noticed for it’s unorthodox design techniques. Reflecting more of a raw, unfinished and grunge vibe in his collections they stood out amongst a crowded market. In the early noughties, the brand became a public company with a majority share owned by Diesel Group owner Renzo Russo, a year later Martin left his position at Hermes. Shortly after this it was announced that Martin Margiela would resign from the eponymous label without a successor taking his place. Instead an anonymous team of creatives would take the reins and continue the respectively held Maison Margiela name.