There is no ordinary story behind this fashion house. The Maison Martin Margiela Designer Profile tells the tale of a mysterious rebel who turned his back to the traditional concept of luxury and deconstructed high fashion. Never having shown his face on a runway or magazine cover, Martin Margiela is recognised for his oversized garments with raw finishes and the use of recycling and deconstruction techniques. As a product of the now famous Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the designer is considered an honorary member of the Antwerp Six and the avant-garde movement they led.
Starting his road into luxury fashion as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela founded his own label in 1988, shocking the fashion industry a year later, with his first collection. Surreal designs are the trademark of the house, even after Margiela's departure in 2009, when an equally mysterious design team took over successfully. The Maison's reputation as the only 'faceless' luxury fashion brand is about to be changed with the appointment of the controversially talented John Galliano.