Martin Margiela Biography – Martin Margiela Wiki
Martin Margiela is a Belgian fashion designer and the founder of the French fashion house Maison Margiela. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp) in 1979, a year before the Avant-garde fashion collective the Antwerp Six. After his graduation, he based himself in Paris and worked as a freelance designer for five years. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked for Jean Paul Gaultier, before launching his first collection under his own label Maison Margiela, which he began with his business partner Jenny Meirens in 1989. Between 1997 and 2003 he was the creative director of the Hermès women’s line. He was appointed as a Guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2010.
He redesigns by hand objects such as old wigs, canvases, and silk scarves into couture garments. During the 1980s, the Japanese avant-gardists, with Rei Kawakubo, influenced the global fashion scene with their eccentric and ground-breaking designs. Margiela and the Antwerp Six would carry on the work, revolting against the luxurious fashion world with garments of oversized proportions such as long arms, and with linings, seams, and hems on the outside. The concept of deconstruction embraced by Kawakubo matters also for his fashion statement. His ultra-discreet trademark consists of a piece of cloth with the numbers 0-23. The badge is attached to the inside with four small, white pick-stitches, exposed to the outside on unlined garments. For the 20th anniversary, the anonymous tag was replaced by a classic logotype. His brand was acquired by the OTB Group in 2002 and industry insiders were quoted as suggesting that he may desire to leave due to creative differences, or simply, “A desire to enjoy his life outside the insistent glare of the fashion world.”
In October 2009, his majority stakeholder Renzo Rosso, President of OTB Group, the holding group of Marni, Viktor & Rolf, and Diesel, publicly stated that “Martin has not been there for a long time. He is here but not here. We have a new fresh design team on board. We are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year 2015.” A press release announced in December 2009 that he “has left the business. No replacement creative director will be appointed. Maison Martin Margiela will continue trading but the company declined to comment on the reasons for his exit.”In October 2014, John Galliano was appointed as creative director of Maison Margiela, replacing Margiela himself.
Martin Margiela Age
He was born on April 9, 1957 in Genk, Belgium.
Martin Margiela Family
Throughout his career, he has maintained a low personal profile. He has never given an interview and remains backstage after his shows. No personal information about him is known.