7 Most-Iconic Martin Margiela's Creations To Watch Out For At Sotheby's
Fashion’s most discreet designer is going under the hammer.
From his emergence in 1989 through to 2006, designer Martin Margiela has developed a reputation of mystique. Widely regarded as having reset the rules of fashion, the designer has never given an interview and steadfastly remains backstage during his shows.
But this September, fans can get a glimpse of the designer’s journey and creative process through an online auction of 220 of Margiela’s most iconic creations across his career. Hosted by Sotheby’s, the sale features ready-to-wear pieces as well as a selection of limited edition pieces from Margiela’s Artisanal collection.
We take a look at some of the auction lots Margiela fans should watch out for.
A Coat Of Cards
For his 2006 Spring-Summer men’s collection, the designer created a waistcoat using playing cards that were shuffled, aged, frayed and ironed to create this piece. Only five of these vests were said to be created. Come September, this lot is expected to sell for 8,000 - 10,000 euros (Rs. 6.34 lakhs – Rs. 7.92 lakhs).
An Outfit of Vintage Gloves
Questioning what makes a garment or a piece obsolete, Margiela used vintage clothing and everyday objects he found to create unique, hand-stitched pieces for his ‘Artisanal’ Spring-Summer 2001 show.
This particular image features a backless top made from assembled vintage black gloves (estimated 4000-5000 euros or Rs. 3.17 lakhs – 3.96 lakhs) and a pleated red skirt made of assembled vintage skirts (estimated 2000-3000 euros i.e., Rs. 1.56 lakhs to Rs. 2.37 lakhs).
Accessorise Your Shirt
Tempered in silver for the designer’s 2003 Spring-Summer collection, this collar necklace and shirt cuff set is expected to fetch 2000 to 2500 euros (Rs. 1.59 lakhs – Rs. 1.98 lakhs) during the online sale.
Blast From The Past
A treat for Margiela fans, this blue-tone satinated dress with photographic print of a 1960’s dress lining comes from the designer’s 1996 Spring-Summer collection, just five years after Margiela entered the fashion industry. It is expected to sell for 2000 to 2500 euros (Rs. 1.59 lakhs – Rs. 1.98 lakhs).
A Vintage Waistcoat
Possibly the precursor to the waistcoat made out of playing cards, the designer created a men’s waistcoat using vintage leather bands from a beige colour chart for his 2005 – 2006 Fall-Winter collection. It was created in 7 hours and only six copies are said to be made. Margiela fans can acquire this waistcoat for an estimated 5000 – 7000 euros (Rs. 3.96 lakhs – Rs. 5.55 lakhs).
An Iconic Piece
Another iconic lot from Margiela’s early years, this long duvet coat with removable sleeves with brown piping is expected to fetch 7000 – 9000 euros (Rs. 5.55 lakhs to Rs. 7.13 lakhs) at auction. The silver painted jeans, also spotted in the image, are estimated to fetch 800 to 1200 euros (Rs. 63,000 - 95,000).