The debate surrounding Paris haute couture is repeated every season, yet still we crave the glamor, gloss and splendor. Maison Martin Margiela (these days sans Martin) has celebrated its twentieth anniversary with an artisanal couture collection that redefines accepted notions.
With no floor-sweeping dress in sight, each piece is executed to the expected, and exacting standards; Margiela's recycled couture takes the art to another level. Vintage crocodile, snake and lizard skin clutches are re-fashioned into jackets and thigh-high boots.
The painstaking process involves removing lining and inside pockets, binding individual bags together with leather, and sewing onto a fitted undergarment.
Margiela successfully shows us just what to do with all that junk we push to the back of the wardrobe, although the jury's out on how often we will actually wear any of it.