Maison Martin Margiela (belongs to the Italian fashion house Diesel) presented for Spring/Summer 2012 two women's wear collections: recently on 25 January 2012 the Couture collection in Paris; and last September 2011, the Prêt-à-Porter line.
fig. below: Maison Martin Margiela's 'Artisanal' couture collection consists of handmade, one of a kind pieces made from collected objects from around the world such as the ‘Champagne’ shirt (the leather shirt-front is covered with Champagne caps and wires) with white cotton skirt and the ‘Sweetheart’ and ‘Mother’ apron-dress made from silk and nylon (recycled nylon parachutes from World War II) cushion covers which had been collected in Denver, Atlantic City, Honolulu, Washington and Los Angeles. In the new re-worked form, the cushion covers are worn over a cotton skirt. "These cushion covers are a part of American history. Produced on American military bases during both world wars, they served as gifts from soldiers to their beloved or families. Alongside propaganda images are inscribed love poems." explains Maison Martin Margiela the collected items.
fig. below: The casual wear inspired ready-to-wear Maison Martin Margiela Spring/Summer 2012 collection (shown on 30 September 2011 in Paris) consists of combinations like long black leather and wrapped skirts with easy to wear knit vests and nude colored sportive tops; more on the video below.