Maison Martin Margiela,
A/W 2001 Artisanal Military Long-sleeve
As Martin Margiela quoted; ‘For us our ‘artisanal production’ (for men and women's garments they may be identified by the 0 (zero) encircled on their label), as we have said here, we rework existing garments, fabrics and objects to recreate new garments and accessories. We first adopted this approach for our inaugural collection for Spring/Summer 1989 and it has been an integral and important element of each and every one of our collections since’.
Margiela and the team ruthlessly searched through Parisian flea markets to find vintage garments looking forward to giving them purpose, reworking existing garments, fabrics and objects to recreate new garments and accessories.
Here we have a fine example from the early men's artisanal work, constructed out of a vintage military garment rendered into a long-sleeve. The piece features a boxy shape in the body with shorter arms and panelling around the elbow whereby the sleeve slims down into a skinny fit. Contrasting epaulettes are seen on each shoulder and a wide neck reminiscent of french military garments features with a ribbed hem. Made in France.