Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal

February 10th, 2009

The Artisanal collection by Maison Martin Margiela is one of the few fashion things I’m interested in. The collection is just a few pieces made by hand, one of one. The garments are always made of unusual materials. Here are few picks from the current collection, you can find the white shoestring dress here.

Paper Towel Tuxedo Jacket by Maison Martin Margiela.
Paper Towel Tuxedo Jacket by Maison Martin Margiela

Hair Comb Short Dress by Maison Martin Margiela.
Hair Comb Short Dress by Maison Martin Margiela

Mask Bolero by Maison Martin Margiela, made of latex hair masks.
Mask Bolero by Maison Martin Margiela

Plastic Fur Jacket by Maison Martin Margiela, made of plastic garment label fastenings.
Plastic Fur Jacket by Maison Martin Margiela

Shades Of Denim by Maison Martin Margiela
Shades Of Denim by Maison Martin Margiela

6 Responses to “Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal”

  1. mike Says:

    i can see why someone not interested in fashion would love this but for some of us who are more informed, it was and is becoming a regular letdown. Margiela as a house as become less of a legend and more of a brand. They all want to wear the faceless designer. meanwhile rumors swirl (that do hold some truth) that he barely even touches the garments that are sent down the runway nowadays. It’s all done by his team.

    I realize these are interesting but it looks the same as every season. very uninspired. im starting to grow tired of margiela. i would expect more from someone labled as the god of avant garde fashion.

  2. Lauren Oliver Says:

    So creative! He doing things that no one else is doing.

  3. stone bird Says:

    Well, yes, as a person not from fashion, I find his work very distinct from others. It is like to be more meaningful, or trying to give more meaning, leaving the model aside. It does not mean everyone should get these meanings, but some would ( like the faceless models , etc ). For me he seems like a very advanced artist deepen himself down into conseptualism who still knows how to make fashion and does it for money/pride/1000 of other reasons. You become good in something but still do things you think you know the best. Anyways, thanks for good messages coming from fashion. Did not have expected that.

  4. Gene Says:

    Mike does have a point. I absolutely a huge fan of the label but with the recent fall 09 artisanal collection was a huge letdown for me. It seemed very commercial and ready-to-wear. You can see how his clothes are becoming more commercial and clean and less conceptual.

    But he will always hold that avant-garde power. I’ll miss him.

  5. Emily Says:

    How does it seem ready-to-wear and commercial? The silhouettes are simple purely to draw attention to the MEDIUM. This is not his main line, “Artisinal”, this is a side project, a capsule line. Maison Martin is a leader not only conceptually, but practically for the fashion industry’s inevitable shift toward sustainable practice. If the label was to ever signify commerciality, it would be a complete parody of the system. And it’s true, Margiela has stepped down from head designer but this does not mean he has no conceptual input and certainly does not mean his team is less-equipped, after all, he chose the members.

  6. Martina Says:

    Who cares if it seems ready to wear? It still has plenty of conceptual appeal. I think Mike is simply justifying his personal preference. I am sure that- yes, plenty of people who do not know one designer from another would be drawn to this collection. But people who do not follow fashion have no idea about the faceless models. Even plenty of people who do follow fashion have forgotten all about that. Anyone who sees this stuff would want to wear it. Its beautiful. Its wearable. ZIts striking, and its flattering. I want absolutely all of it in my closet right now. I guess fashion snobs might not think much of it . Fashion lovers, however, will appreciate it.

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