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Inspiration Maison Martin Margiela

Inspiration - Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisanal Haute Couture, Spring-Summer 2014


Deconstruction is a term that is broadly used to describe a rebellion against traditional art forms. In fashion, the use of stylistic elements such as vintage and found materials, raw edges, revealed linings, and exposed seams on works that seem to be unfinished, recycled, or coming apart are signifiers of the deconstructed look. Deconstruction is a key element in Martin Margiela’s work. Margiela uses this technique to focus attention away from the designer as fashion icon and back onto the construction techniques and designs of the fashions themselves. I based my styling for this challenge on elements from three designs from Margiela’s Spring-Summer 2014 Artisanal Collection.


I chose Vero Modero’s Roman Top to bring an element of Passage #3: Robe Bustier into my look. Vero’s Roman Skirt in Glitter Beads reminds me of the materials Margiela used for the silvery jacket seen in Passage # 13: Ensemble. It also maintains the pencil skirt lines of the skirt in Passage #3. I added LaGyo’s Leather Shoulder Wrap because it reminded me of the vintage lap blanket used as a drape or scarf in Passage #18: Robe Du Soir. To finish the look, I added ASS’s Drama Shadow, BSD’s Surreal shoes, and constructed a tie belt from pieces of LD Major’s and League’s outfits. The eye shadow acknowledges Margiela’s use of masks on his models. The shoes acknowledge both the gold footwear he used in this body of work and his use of scavenged and found materials. The tie belt reflects his use of string/ribbon belts, a subtle element in this collection that gives the garments the appearance of having been made from repurposed materials whose construction is fragile and that they might easily come apart.


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Style Card

Hair - Vanity Hair Jioni , Black

Make-up: ASS Drama Shadow, Camo; Glance Skins Anais Lipstick, Matte 2; Glance Skins Anais Eye Shadow 10

Nails – Izzie’s Fall/Winter 2012 Nails

Corset - Vero Modero Roman Top , Army Green

Skirt - Vero Modero Roman Skirt, Glitter Beads

Drape - LaGyo Leather Shoulder Wrap Beige (recolored)

Jewelry - LaGyo Maya Earrings, Gold

Shoes - BSD Shoetopia Surreal, Gold

Belt - LD Major Night Terror Dress - Belt only, and League Full Lace Skirt- Front Ribbon only


Photo Credit: Nariko Okawa


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Taken on March 8, 2014