I’m in Maison, uh, Martin Margiela

Not that he requires it, but he has the Jay Z stamp of approval right there.

Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition is currently running at Somerset House so I took the chance to pop down this week and celebrate 20 years of one of fashion’s most influential houses.

Commonly referred to as the seventh member of The Antwerp Six, a group of fashion renegades who graduated from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts including designers Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester. Margiela has become increasingly known for his deconstructive vision and combination of unexpected textures.

Immediately, you are aware this is no ordinary exhibition. From the entire layout to the blacked out room with no less than 20 televisions playing Margiela shows on repeat. Items hang emptily in the pure white room. Everything looks clinical. It looks Margiela.

I wish I knew the importance of the exhibition guide whilst I was at the exhibition, as it doesn’t have little plaques next to each item explaining the relevance. I guess it would look messy. And that’s not very Margiela. Instead I was being told off for taking photos and touching the garments. And that’s not very Margiela either.

The most impressive part was the detail included in the exhibition. It was a great chance to look deeper into the concepts and look at the inspiration behind each collection.

Finally a chance to understand the ideas and construction behind Maison Martin Margiela.

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