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Maison Martin Margiela ‘Artisanal’ Fashion Show x Haute Couture Fall 2013

To me, fashion is essentially alchemy; the most recent Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal collection is a great example of this. One aspect of Margiela’s design that I’ve always loved is their ability to rework and re-purpose pieces from other times and other places. You can imagine the long hours spent to transform these looks and execute the detail that makes the collection seriously amazing.
Take for example look 14, the tulle and cotton coat cut from a 1950s prom dress sourced in New York was hemmed with vintage fabric flowers sourced in L.A., London, Paris, and Brussels and worn over a sequined dress, also from the fifties, that was found in Phoenix, the whole outfit taking seventy-six hours to complete. This could almost be the school project of an obsessive overachiever, but there’s something really cool about making something no one wants into something beautiful. Remember, the alchemist was always trying to turn lead into gold.
And yes, there were masks (Kanye’s favourite).

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