MargielaThe Hermès years

Discover the timeless and sleek style of the
Hermès woman by the Belgian designer

From 31 March 2017 to 27 August 2017, The MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp is displaying Belgian stylist Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003 for the first time. The tribute exhibition explores the relationship between these collections and Margiela own label, Maison Martin Margiela. When the Parisian house Hermès appointed Martin Margiela as its artistic director for the women’s ready-to-wear collections in October 1997, the founder of Maison Martin Margiela had already been known for almost a decade as one of the most influential avant-garde designers. The fashion press greedily speculated whether Margiela would apply his deconstruction idiom to the iconic Hermès legacy, but was surprised by his unexpected direction.

From 1997 to 2003, Margiela instilled his consistent vision of modern-day luxury into twelve consecutive Hermès collections. His sleek designs for the woman were all about comfort, timelessness and tactility, values that he shared with the house and that defined his vision of the Hermès woman.