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Maison Martin Margiela: The Exhibition

This year has been uncharacteristically press-filled for Maison Martin Margiela.


The house revealed that its elusive namesake designer was no longer behind the collection, just as MMM celebrated its 20th year.

Despite the apparent but still murky details surrounding the designer’s departure, an exhibition opened this week to celebrate the House in its entire white label, avant-garde glory.

The retrospective, while a great deal smaller than some other fashion exhibitions, showcases 50 mini installations featuring all of MMM’s most celebrated and revered works.

The exhibition, which was curated by Kaat Debo for the Fashion Museum in Antwerp, made its way to London and set up house in the south wing of Somerset House, home to London’s fashion week. 


The exhibit covers two floors, and is packed full of garments, photos, film installations, and one-of-a-kind artifacts from the offices and stores of Margiela around the world.

Limited edition pieces are showcased alongside a vast directory of odd and amazing creations that are only made five at a time.

Expectedly, the interior of the exhibition space is awash in white, a drastic difference from SHOWstudio’s dark and loud Fashion Revolution that previously occupied the space, and it takes a grain of abstract salt to truly enjoy it. For MMM diehards, it is a must see, and for those involved, or even just interested in fashion it should be next on the "to visit" list.

It may not be colorful, shiny, or new, but this exhibit truly showcases all that is majestic about the iconic and always elusive fashion house.