martin margiela ss1998

blog page, to carry a jacket instead of wearing, clothes hanger

flat sleeveless jacket
maison martin margiela
spring summer 1998
courtesy of palais galliera



for spring summer 1998, martin margiela once again played with proportion, taking inspiration from the paper patterns of the previous collection to create ‘flat’ tailoring, pressed into place with an iron or hanging on a clothes hanger. ‘When not worn these pieces are totally flat’, read the words at the back of a stage on which men in white lab coats presented clothing on hangers as if at an auction. A video showing the garments on models also played. The challenge this collection involved geometry, specifically how to make two-dimensional garments that would lie perfectly flat when not on a three-dimensional body.

image above; two pages published in the exhibtion catalogue ‘MARTIN MARGIELA, COLLECTIONS FEMME 1989-2009’. courtesy of palais galliera. 

Margiela Galliera, 1989/2009‘ on view at Palais Galliera in Paris until July 15th 2018.