Wednesday, 29 April 2015


Maison Martin Margiela is renowned for its collective aura of secrecy, radically rebelling against traditional fashion norms, where a designer (and often their ego) is the centre of attention - Martin Margiela however is fashion's invisible man, an elusive enigma who chooses to remain visible only to his inner circle - and now this signature mystique is explored in a new 12-minute biopic entitled, The Artist is Absent, by filmmaker Alison Chernick.

Originally screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the short traces the designer's history featuring interviews with Suzy Menkes, Jean Paul Gaultier and fashion historian Olivier Saillard, who says in the film, "Margiela proved that you could make things out of nothing, and that’s a very comforting idea for the world”.

Watch the FULL-LENGTH film below and if you're wondering if we finally get to see Margiela... well, the clue is in the title.



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