Martin Margiela remerges as an artist

Martin Margiela, the reclusive fashion designer praised for his constant reinterpretation of fashion will return this year with an exhibition staged at the Lafayette Anticipations space in Paris.

The show, titled Martin Margiela, will open on 15 April and feature his own work as an artist including sculptures, photographs and installations shown to the public for the first time, a rare glimpse into the personality of one of the most mysterious fashion designers and cultural icons.

“This exhibition celebrates the idea that Martin Margiela has always been an artist, whose work has played out since, within and outside the art world. [He] has always made us look at things with fresh eyes. Going against the grain he cultivated an obsession for discreet people, abandoned objects and forgotten places and events, bestowing on them a new dignity.” Lafayette Anticipations said.

Margiela worked freelance for five years before moving to Paris, where he joined Jean Paul Gaultier as the designer’s personal assistant from 1984 to 1987.

Between 1997 and 2003 Martin Margiela served as creative director for Hermès womenswear. In 2009 he took the fashion world by surprise when he left the label he had founded 20 years previously. Since then he has worked exclusively in painting and sculpture. The exhibition is one of the most anticipated this year.