Maison Martin Margiela artisanal silver painted pinstripe blazer — fall 1999

Size: unknown (women’s M-L, men’s S)

Shoulder to shoulder: 40 cm

Armpit to armpit: 47 cm

Sleeve: 59 cm

Length: 76 cm

 

Composition:

unknown

 

Details:

Classic pinstripe blazer, laid flat and painted all over with silver paint

The pinstripe fabric is exposed on undyed parts: under the collar, inside the pockets, lining, etc

3 buttons on the front

3 buttons on the sleeves

Felt under the collar

Three front pockets: a breast pocket, a slit pocket and a pocket with flap

2 inside pockets

Oversized fit, presumable originally a men’s blazer, hence the stitches on the back lining

Fully lined

From the fall 1999 collection.

First appeared in the spring 1999 collection where Margiela presented a summary of ideas from the past ten collections and introduced painted garments and shoes (see the middle model)

Collector’s item, part of the MOMU Fashion Museum of Antwerp’s collection.

Margiela line 0: artisanal collection / reworked garments for women

 

“Since its beginnings in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela has been gathering garments, accessories, used and sometimes new objects across the globe. That these garments and objects may be given a second life whilst respecting and maintaining the traces of the passage of time and use remains one of the keystones of the creative expression of the Maison. Each garment is reworked entirely by hand in the atelier of the Maison in Paris. The complexity and specificity of each step of such a creative process of transformation will naturally limit the quantity of garments produced. The individuality of the materials used to create each garment ensures that each is as unique as that which was used to create it. The label, numbered 0, is sewn, embossed or stamped depending on the material used to create the garment or accessory.” “Artisanal” pieces are now shown as haute couture collections.”

 

Condition: 3/5

The 0 artisanal tag is missing (see the previously sold Maison Martin Margiela artisanal silver painted tweed blazer for authenticity & reference)

Overall there are irregularities in the paint and visible brushstrokes. There are some orange and blue stripes shining through, but these seem to be normal (see the previously sold Maison Martin Margiela artisanal silver painted tweed blazer — fall 1999)

The lining seems to have be taken in a tad (could be part of the design) and one button looks displaced

Sold

Description

About Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela is a Belgian designer, graduating from the Royal Academy of fine arts in Antwerp.

 

He is often mistaken as one of the ‘Antwerp Six’.

At the time when Ann Demeulemeester,Walter van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee were showcasing in London, Margiela was already working for Jean Paul Gaultier.

 

Martin Margiela stayed away from the public eye, remaining backstage after his shows and only allowing press to contact hem via fax.

 

Maison Martin Margiela’s discreet brand label consists of a blank piece of cloth or with the numbers 0-23. The trademark is attached with four small, white stitches, visible on the outside on unlined garments. The concept behind this was so the tag could be cut out, making the garment anonymous like it’s creator.

 

Margiela’s work is highly conceptual; a large piece of his repertoire is playing with conventions and recycling. Influenced by Rei Kawakubo, he works with deconstructed garments and frayed edges, nevertheless are his garments perfectly tailored. A lot of his work also includes trompe-l’oeil, a reference to René Magritte.

 

Martin Margiela was appointed as a Guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2010. His work is more often talked about as ‘art’ rather than fashion.

 

His most iconic piece is his tabi boot, Margiela’s interpretation of Japanese split-toe tabi socks.

 

Margiela left his eponymous label in 2009, leaving the creative staff to continue the collection for several seasons. In 2014 John Galliano was appointed as new head designer.

The only way now get an original Martin Margiela piece, is only by buying vintage Margiela clothing.

Additional information

Weight2.2 kg
Womens size

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Condition