Maison Martin Margiela semi-couture yellow velvet breastplate — spring 1997

Size: 44

Armpit to armpit: 48 cm

Length: 61 cm



46% viscose, 32% acetate, 22% cupro



Crushed velvet front

Snap buttons

Margiela black label: runway garment from the spring 1997 collection

“The mould of a Tailors dummy (or Dress form) in rough linen is a foundation for the collection. The object is worn directly on the skin, either with a slip skirt of a permanently dyed Blue Jean. Various elements, from the varying stages of an atelier’s work, are pinned to the Tailor’s dummy form: shoulder pads, binding and garment studies. A simple unfinished square of fabric becomes a skirt or a dress with an irregular hem-line. . A series of structured garment fronts, in yellow velvet, and their yellow linings is the only point of vivid colour amid a colour pallet ranging from white through pale greys, anthracite, navy blue to black. “


Condition: 4,5/5

SKU: DWMMYVH Category:


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

Weight 1.1 kg