Maison Martin Margiela, S/S 2003 Artisanal Lace Top
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.
This top is constructed out of polyamide using a range of cuts from multiple garments and artisanally assembling them, creating a beautiful drapey piece. The main body is constructed out of a vintage dress or dresses, which has been folded back on itself to create a double layer (see last slide), additional lace detail has been added to the edges to form the arm. A string goes across the back to hold the shoulders in place and keep structure in what is a delicate piece. Finally, taking a closer look at the panelling we see the speciality of the Maison during this period and how vintage garments were given a new life.