Maison Martin Margiela 20, The Exhibition
Antwerp, MOMU Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp

To celebrate the Maison Martin Margiela turning 20 this month, the MOMU is holding an exhibition that chronicles the pioneering designs of the Belgian house. The various themes and concepts that the niche label has explored in its collections, fashion shows, presentations and events since its inception are highlighted in this show.

Margiela became known as being one of the Antwerp Six the group of influential, avantgarde designers that graduated from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts between 1980-1981. After assisting Jean-Paul Gaultier, Margiela founded his house with Jenny Meirens in 1988 and quickly created a radical visual language that applied a deconstructivist approach. He embraced secondhand and cheap materials, combined classic tailoring with conceptuality, and exposed the inside of the clothing, challenging the generally accepted ideas about high fashion's exclusivity. One of today's most intellectually driven designers, Margiela's revolutionary collections have inspired designers from Marc Jacobs through to Rodarte, through to high street fashion at H&M and Zara.

September 12, 2008, through February 8, 2009
MOMU Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp
28 Nationalestraat
2000 Antwerp
T.+32 3 470 27 70