Maison Martin Margiela - Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 Show in Paris

Maison Martin Margiela presents its ‘artisanal’ Spring/Summer 2014 collection. To design these 12 unique ensembles, the ateliers gathered, mixed and reinvented artists’ vintage textile work compiled over the years, including the use of fabric cuttings by Mariano Fortuny (1910-1950) collected in New York.Each piece is constructed by hand and requires at least 22 hours of work, even up to 110 hours to produce an Opéra coat in a fabric originally by Bauhaus (1920). Two tops consist of an amalgamation of tattooesque embroidery based on the work of Sailor Jerry (1950), followed by a tailored pea coat made from the material of a tapestry by Paul Gauguin, ‘La Femme du Roi’ (1896). Never forget the forgotten, unearthed objects, a splendid salvaging that creates contemporary couture. Faces are masked, concealing the personalities of the models on the runway, whilst on the front row Renzo Rosso, Carine Roitfeld and Raf Simons intently focus on each outfit…Music from the show

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