By Chere Di Boscio
This may not be too surprising, considering the House has made eco-friendly creations in the past, including a coat made from hundreds of silver candy wrappers sewn onto pongee silk, and our favourite, a gorgeously loose ‘knit’ sweater fashioned from the blue tops of Biro pens. But what is surprising is the House’s innovative and elegant use of vintage materials.
The show’s highlights included an outfit with two embroidered panels from a 1920s dress found in a Parisian vintage shop, sewn onto a hand-painted, vintage floral silk discovered in Lyon. There was also a sheer, polkadot silk jacket embellished with silk corsages. This reclaimed, recycled and restyled collection made what’s old new again, and demonstrated Maison Martin Margiela’s devotion to all that is artisanal, and ecological too.