Leaving us all the space to wonder
Margiela o’ Margiela, how do you stay so ever-relevant? We asked ourselves this as Margiela: In the Void, an exhibition by The Parodi Costume Collection (PCC) and co-curated with contemporary-vintage brand Byronesque, opened its doors last week. But how do we understand the term void? Part of the lasting allure of Martin Margiela is the desire for more. His work always gives just enough to satisfy, while leaving us all the space to wonder – and for those who dare, intellectualise. Margiela: In the Void offers a moment to explore the absence – or quite literally, the void – that Margiela proposes through his work.
Of course, we can see the void emerge in Margiela’s physical absence in the public eye and lack of adherence to the ‘rules’ of the time. However, what the PCC and Byronesque really reveal is how spaces emerge through the smooth deconstruction of his work. In fact, the minimal exhibition design creates a meditative atmosphere that encourages viewers to think – A liminal-esque space if you will. Asking us all to learn through observation.
The exhibition features many classic Margiela pieces, including the Trompe L’oeil Dress and Coat from S/S 1996, Semi-Couture Stockman Jacket from A/W 1997, and our personal all time fav Down Comforter Duvet Coat and Cover from A/W 1999. But that’s not all. The exhibition’s introduction texts are written by Alexandre Samson – A.K.A the author of the Margiela bible Martin Margiela, The Women’s Collection. Yes you heard us correctly. Essentially, if you’re in the Miami area, this is not an exhibition you want to miss.