January 8th, 2010
About cross-fertilization of art and fashion
In 1997 Martin Margiela produced an entire exhibit for a museum (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 6 June – 17 August 1997). He destroyed his clothes with bacteria and mould…
buying and discarding, present and future, luxury and poverty, very symbolical, very ’90s, dark and deathly side…
“…swapping between organic and inorganic, alive and dead, procreation and decay… The clothes were displayed on inanimate mannequins and then grew”
About Martin Margiela, rehearsal for marionette presentation, Autumn-Winter 1999-2000
For Autumn-Winter 1999-2000 three designers played on the theme of the dummy in their runway shows, tracing a connection between mannequin and model, living doll and inanimate dummy.
Margiela substitued life-size wooden articulated puppets for living models.
Styled by Jane How, who had also worked with Chalayan, each was operated by two puppeteers dressed in black, who moved them along the catwalk.
Margiela´s presentation played with notions of scale, as the carved wooden mannequins seemed if anything slightly larger than the black-clad pupeteers who controlled them, sinisterly overgrown dolls on the runway that were shadowed by their living counterparts.
Fashion at the edge: spectacle, modernity and deathliness by Caroline Evans
C. Evans, Fashion at the edge. Spectacle, modernity and deathliness, Yale University Press, New Heaven, London, 2003, p. 37, 255.
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