Remembering Margiela

Bonjour Paris! During my four days spent galavanting the streets of Paris, I visited numerous museums, monuments and other notable spots. However, my favorite spot was Palais Galliera, which is a fashion and fashion history museum. Currently, the exhibit consists of a tribute to the ever-creative Martin Margiela and his various clothing lines.

Margiela, a man of Belgian descent, attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and then worked as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant from 1984 to 1987. According to Palais Galliera’s information website, “Margiela’s conceptual approach challenged the fashion aesthetics of his time. His way of constructing a garment involved deconstructing it, exposing the inside, the lining, and the unfinished parts, and revealing the different stages of manufacture: pleats, shoulder pads, patterns, bastings and all. He pushed the scale of a garment to extremes, enlarging the proportions to 200% in his “Oversize Collection”, for example, or by adapting dolls’ clothes to the life-size human form in the “Barbie Collection”. He printed trompe-l’oeil photos of dresses, sweaters and coats and established a new form of “cloven” shoe inspired by traditional Japanese tabis, i.e. with the big toe separated from the others.”

Although I was familiar with Margiela’s clothing and aesthetic prior to my visit, I was amazed to see the clothing in-person and be able to analysis the minute details. Personally, I find it incredible that Margiela was able to design in such a unique, peculiar way and receive notability for that type of eccentricity. It seems as though attending a Margiela fashion show in Paris in the 1990’s and early 2000’s was not merely an event to display garments. Rather, it was an experience that married art, fashion, political occurrences, current events, human rights and forward-hiking ideas under one roof.

 

 

If you ever find yourself in Paris, be sure to make a stop at the Palais Galliera!

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Where In The World Am I?

Trendsetter turned globe-trotter! Are you wondering why I have been MIA these past few months? I promise I have a good reason!

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At the top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy. 

This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Europe. I had the opportunity to live, study and intern in Florence, Italy for six weeks in May and June. I was enrolled in a course— Fashion Retail Management— and was the Assistant Manager Intern at FLY, which is a creative learning lab a
nd student-run boutique affiliated with Florence University of the Arts. With a wide variety of merchandise, ranging from student-made pieces, garments hand-crafted by emerging designers, consigned items and a selection of high-end vintage, FLY draws in a wide customer base and is a quite a unique retail space in Florence.

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In the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Positano, Italy.

Whether it was styling garments with our target market in mind, re-merchandising the boutique, assisting in the buying process of the vintage selection, creating content for social media or trend forecasting for future merchandise, my role as Assistant Manager Intern was fast-paced and incredibly insightful. I gained valuable knowledge and honed relevant skills relating to managing a retail enterprise. In addition, I played an active role in planning an executing an in-store promotional event, Reinvention, which was held on June 19.

My time abroad not only provided me with the immersion and appreciation for a new culture, but also with a global perspective into the world of retailing.

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By the Eiffel Tower is Paris, France. 

In addition to the “work” I was doing in Florence, I certainly had time to “play,” too! My friends and I took numerous day trips and weekend trips to other cities in Italy, such as Cinque Terre, Chianti, Venice, San Gimignano, Pisa, Verona, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Also, on my way back to the states, I made a stop in Paris for four days. After that visit, I have convinced myself that I need to learn French and move to Paris after I graduate this May…but who knows how realistic this plan is!

Now that I’m, back in the states, look forward to more consistent posts and updates. I missed y’all!