To put in your calendars now: Maison Martin Margiela ’20’ The Exhibition

From the third of June until the fifth of November 2010, Somerset House in London will host Maison Martin Margiela ’20’ The Exhibition. Why should you be there? Well, would you want to miss out on a major exihibition celebrating 20 years of one of contemporary fashion’s most influential and enigmatic designers? Right, we thought you wouldn’t!

Martin Margiela was trained by the best of the best. He attended Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts and worked as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier before starting his own label in the late eighties. Margiela suggested a new path for fashion, away from the power dressing of the eighties and provided a monochromatic palette with non-traditional fabrics. Margiela was never tempted by the limelight that often comes with being in fashion. He steered clear of hyping his brands with fickle celebrities and stayed true to letting his fashions speak for themselves – a trait to be admired!

This multi-layered exhibition captures Margiela’s unique aesthetic and vision spanning the past 20 years.   It gives us all a chance to retrace an epic journey with a legendary brand. 

Somerset House Director, Gwyn Miles says “we are delighted to be bringing Maison Martin Margiela’s major retrospective to Somerset House. This forms  part of our aim to host an exciting year round programme of contemporary cultural exhibitions and events that reflects current trends in the creative industries, particularly in fashion and design. I hope this exhibition stimulates debate and ideas, and will go some way in establishing Somerset House as a genuine creative hub for London.”

Just to jog your memory…here’s a quick look at the highlights of Martin Margiela’s Autumn/Winter 2010 Collection (might explain why we love the brand so much!):

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