John Galliano has always been obsessed with ‘’the bourgeois gesture’’ which has occupied his thoughts of late, beginning with the Maison Margiela Haute Couture collection he showed in January. For ready-to-wear, he continued that investigation with grace and quiet power. There was in Galliano this strong desire to smash the codes of the most respectable
Maison Margiela has taken to Paris Fashion Week to showcase its Spring/Summer 2020 collection in its Artisanal co-ed show. ‘’Creative director John Galliano identifies the nature of the bourgeois gesture and investigates the impact of heritage codes in the age of cyber-industrial revolution’’, wrote the show note. Combining both menswear and womenswear in one walk,
Rather than ruminate on decadent abundance for several seasons, John Galliano sped the process toward the complicated minimalism exquisite, powerful and beautifully crafted. Released from the cacophony of couture’s excess, beautiful and high-interest clothes proudly flaunted their masterful constructions. Much of the lineup was dark, brooding even, with a hint of a Yohji Yamamoto influence.
For Maison Margiela haute couture Spring/Summer 2019 collection, John Galliano defines decadence – which he equates with excess, and what’s more excessive today than the insatiable thirst for technology, especially among Gen Z types – as ‘’the artifice, the decay’’, and for him, it takes many forms. ‘’The overstimulation of computer-generated imagery alters reality and
In his first haute couture collection for men for Maison Margiela – also a first for the 30-year-old label – John Galliano questioned gender identity from the perspective of a master tailor and brought an avant-garde flair to menswear. ”The show signifies an unrestricted foray onto the territory of Haute Couture for men in a