KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Cardigan, Pullover, Dress, Belt

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

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Cardigan, Pullover, Dress, Belt

Spring/Summer 1996

Martin Margiela
Martin Margiela
(white cotton tape)
Brown rayon tricot cardigan; nylon mesh pullover; acetate dress; photo printing on tops; vinyl belt.
Inventory Number(s)
AC9311 96-6AD

In this set, stitches of a sweater were printed on a nylon net pullover, and a wrinkled shirt was printed on a tricot cardigan. They are typical clothes made by Martin Margiela, who attempts to make us sense the disparity between the actual texture and the texture in our memories triggered by the prints.
Martin Margiela is from Belgium, and debuted in the Paris Collections in 1988. The clothes made by Margiela through reorganization of used clothes were his protest against a fashion system that ceaselessly produces new articles. One of the significant guidelines that influenced him in determining his approach of refusing to conform to ready-made ideas was the statement of Rei Kawakubo (1942–), who drew attention around the world in the 1980s.