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Video: Maison Martin Margiela 'Artisanal' Spring/Summer 2013, presented on 23 January 2013 during Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris.

Embroidery from a 1920s flapper dress on an oversized windbreaker

...seen at the Maison Martin Margiela Spring/Summer 2013 'Artisanal' collection which was presented in January 2013 during Haute Couture Fashion Week Paris.

The reworked vintage materials - like the embroidery from a 1920s flapper dress, are from Maison Martin Margiela's collection of clothes, accessories and objects from around the world. Some of the vintage collection pieces are also reworked as new fabrics such as on view on the image 2nd row, right; the dress consists of embroidery samples which are sewn onto nylon veiling, or on the first image, left, the colorful corsage which is made of French and Austrian feathers from hats from the beginning of the last century. Not on view as images on this page are the three 'Candy-Fur' items - watch them on the video. It starts with the bustier dress in metallic blue-silver, is continued by the golden coatdress and the silver 'Opera' coat; the embroideries are made from candy wrappers.

fig. beginning left, clockwise: Maison Martin Margiela 'Artisanal' Spring/Summer 2013

  • Colorful 'Plastron' - feather corsage and hand-painted silk velvet trousers; the corsage is made from trimmings from feather hats. The French and Austrian feathers are from the beginning of the 20th century and were sourced from a New York-based collector's archive.
  • The 'K-WAY' dress is made from embroidery from a flapper dress from the 1920's. The vintage fabric is transposed onto an oversized windbreaker.
  • For the dress 'Ensemble', Maison Martin Margiela used embroidery samples and sewn them by hand onto nylon veiling. The result is a fluid ensemble that is held together by an elastic fabric.
  • The boat necked 'Robe Marinière' consists of two different materials which are alternately applied on a silk panel; one reminds brushstrokes of a painting, the other shows floral motif embroidery from the 1920s.

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