Maison Margiela Artisanal is popping up at Maxfield on Sept. 8. The installation at the retail emporium’s Jean Prouvé house will showcase 13 looks from the fall “Artisanal” collection, designed by creative director John Galliano. The curated exhibit offers a behind-the-scenes view of Galliano’s creative process for Maison Margiela and transports the viewer to the mason on Rue Saint-Maur, where Galliano works with his team and atelier in an old historic schoolhouse.
A Maison Margiela Artisanal spring look.
The haute couture looks, juxtaposed with inspiration elements from the atelier, explore empowerment and enchantment, as well as the power of looking at the past and present through a lens of transformation, with both handmade tradition and new technologies. Materials include traditional wool, organza, silk and chiffon alongside leather, feathers and crystals. Building on the filtrage method, layering is used to build images. Also used is décortiqué, or the reduction of a garment to its core, and trompe l’oeil elements. The pieces are displayed alongside accessories such as chrome necklaces that emphasize the garment’s necklines and headpieces that trace the profile of the face. Crystal pieces outline the frame of bras and pearls form a cage top.
The exhibition runs until Sept. 21 and opens on