John Galliano did, at Maison Margiela, throwing catwalk tradition to the winds with his hour and a half long film, categorized as a folk horror tale and – its title was “A Folk Horror Tale” – directed by Oliver Dahan, of Oscar award-winning film ‘’La Vie en Rose’’.
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The film seem right out of a storybook, with scenes of a gang of youth that lived by the sea blissfully mending nets, weighing fish and traipsing around in clog-bottomed wader boots – until a phantom ship arrived with its cursed crown, unleashing a scourge of black fungus and showers of flaming meteors amid strange pagan rituals.
But we’re here to elucidate what’s going on with his clothes. Galliano took up the deconstructions of materials from the heritage of the Maison to build a dress made by Hélène Vitali with fragments of mirror and leather laces. The collection also celebrated the principle of recycling, and subsequent upcycle of fabrics from stock or charity stores – jackets and dresses spilling wadding made from deadstock and upcycled fabrics, initially made eight or 10 times larger and then shrunk via enzyme and acid wash to mimic the effects of time and tide. Denim was another core of Maison Margiela’s co-ed Fall/Winter 2021 Haute Couture collection which was brought back to the original use of fishermen.
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