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21.04.2015 - Marie Danker

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A NEW FASHION DOCUMENTARY IS COMING UP CALLED ‘THE ARTIST IS ABSENT’, A SHORT FILM ABOUT THE ENIGMA OF MARTIN MARGIELA. EXPLORING THE OEUVRE OF THE IRONICALLY FAMOUS BELGIAN DESIGNER AND THE RESULTING HYSTERIA CREATED THROUGH HIS DELIBERATELY ANONYMOUS WORK.

Two new documentaries ‘Dior and I’ and a profile on the iconic Iris Apfel have highlighted the increasing focus on behind-the-scenes ‘happenings’ within fashion. Next up is short film ‘The Artist is Absent’ - due for release at the end of April - about the work of one very puzzling designer. Martin Margiela managed to create a strong image for his brand without the slightest hint of personality cult.
He avoided spotlight and hid inside the nameless ‘white work coat wearing’ design team. He refused any interview, was absent from the publicity and lived a life backstage; preferring to let the clothes speak for themselves. Keeping with this, as the title suggests, the documentary aims at the anonymity of the creator. Directed by Alison Chernick, the film guides us through his story with statements of people who were close to Martin throughout his career, such as Suzy Menkes, Raf Simons and Jean Paul Gaultier. This reclusive style is a bit of a contradiction to an interrogative documentary, but that I suppose is the magic and the money of Maison Martin Margiela.

Watch “The Artist is Absent”, produced by the Yoox Group on Yoox.com, Thecorner.com and Shoescribe.com

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