Maison Martin Margiela – ‘20’ The Exhibition


From June 3 – September 5, 2010, London’s Somerset House is showing “Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition”, a celebration of the past 20 years of the house’s aesthetic vision and contribution to fashion.

Spanning three floors, with 50 individual installations incorporating photography, video and film, the retrospective is unconventionally organized by theme rather than by chronology. Striving to translate the basic principles of the brand often disguised behind the conceptual nature of the clothing, the exhibition extracts and interprets familiar themes of the Maison such as deconstruction, subversion, anonymity and proportion.

Although the retrospective has traveled from Antwerp, where it opened at the ModeMuseum in 2008, visitors should not expect to see the same exhibition. Working with the unique and complex shape of the gallery at Somerset House, curator Kaat Debo attempted to give new meaning to the themes of the house, while simultaneously expressing the essence of Margiela. The result is an inspired and singular exhibition that fittingly pays homage to the groundbreaking work that it showcases.

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