John Galliano Takes Inspiration From Activism And History For New Maison Margiela Collection | Fashion
In his latest podcast series THE MEMORY OF… With John Galliano, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, Maison Margiela Creative Director John Galliano revealed the sources of inspiration for his new collection and explained the reason of his choices, with the fashion designer guiding his listeners on a creative journey through his Co-Ed Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer 2020 collections
Reflecting on how classical history is relevant today, he wants to emphasize the current rupture of society. At the beginning, there were the Artisanal and significant figures who fought for the freedom many of us enjoy today, including the physic pioneer Marie Curie and the World War II nurse Edith Cavell. His intention is to inspire people with those kinds of figures, in order to escape the decadence of our saturated society.
“(Margiela SS20) is about remembrance, it’s about liberation, it’s about having a voice. These people fought for you so you can vote, so use it. Make yourself heard. It’s important”, he said. Looking at the spirit of activism of the past from which he is fascinated, Galliano tried to recreate it in his new collection.
Furthermore, this inspiration and this sense of hope resulted in a collection largely inspired by uniforms. The coats were flattened in capes with unfinished stitching on the sleeves; nurse hats and army helmets came with meshed veils.
See some pieces of the collection below:
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