Since Galliano joined the mysterious fashion house of Maison Margiela in 2015, after a long absence from fashion, he has been sending strong messages down the runway that question the current consumer climate.
This season his focus at Margiela was on the art of communication and zoomed into the unsettling nature of the digital era, focusing on topics such as social media and photographic filters. Galliano expressed how these instant digital developments are diluting traditional methods and how applying a simple filter to a photo immediately renders the image unrecognisable from the reality.
Galliano translated this idea into a 1-of-a-kind collection that embraced couture-worthy techniques. One of the most innovative pieces and most memorable pieces of the collection was a big bold-face graphic that was illustrated through fabric tulle. This ethereal technique expressed a Picasso-esque mood in statement black and white.
Galliano also cut away layers of his garments to create depth, texture and mystery. Stripping away and splicing the products evoking a mood of deconstruction which Galliano is renowned for. He worked on new processes for Maison Margiela that he called ‘décortiqué’ which stands for removing blocks of fabric until an item is reduced to its essential frame. Getting to the core of the garment, forming grids over the body like soft cage-like sculptures.
The house of Margiela showed this stunning, truly creative artisanal collection in Paris on Wednesday 25th Jan 2017.