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Maison Martin Margiela

French

Belgian designer Martin Margiela (b. 1957) — whose life, career, clothing designs and vintage shoes have become cult-collector obsessions — pushed those who attended his shows outside their comfort zones. In the years following his maison's 1988 debut, he toyed with creative and aesthetic paradoxes that persist in fashion today.

Consider the Spring/Summer 2001 shirt patchworked from vintage clothing labels, or his famous corset dresses made from tailoring dummies, from his Fall/Winter 1997 line. Or his oversize collection for Fall/Winter 2000. In 1992, Margiela told Dépêche Mode magazine, “My clothes appeal to women of a certain mindset rather than of a specific age or physique.”

Born in Genk, Belgium, in 1957, Margiela knew he wanted to be a fashion designer after catching glimpses of Parisian fashion on TV as a child. Although his parents discouraged this career choice as an oddly funny aspiration, Margiela enrolled in the fashion program of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. There, he befriended and graduated a year ahead of the Antwerp Six — the acclaimed group of Belgian fashion designers comprising Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee, Dirk Bikkembergs and Dirk Van Saene.

Like many of his contemporaries in the 1980s, Margiela understood Paris fashion but felt a deep resonance with the deconstructed beauty espoused by Japanese designers Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo, of Comme des Garçons. Margiela’s fascination with Japan influenced many of his earliest collections and designs, from a dress pieced together from broken plates to his iconic Tabi boots, inspired by the split-toe Japanese worker’s shoe, which dates back to the 15th century. He decided to launch his own line while working for renowned Paris designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

Margiela, Gaultier has often stated, was his best assistant. Even then, the 2019 film Martin Margiela: In His Own Words suggests, he was acutely aware of the widening gulf between the art and the business of fashion.

Margiela’s debut show was nothing short of spectacular. Set in a packed Café de la Gare in the still-seedy Marais district, it was also scandalous to the Parisian fashion set of the time. The designer tore up the conventions of contemporary couture presentations, most notably having his models, plucked from the streets and wearing ink-blotted Tabis, wend their way through the crowd. The show redefined the concept of the runway in a way that would later inspire such designers as Alexander McQueen and Demna Gvasalia.

While the notoriously private designer retired from fashion in 2009, for many Maison Martin Margiela collectors, his pieces capture the irreverence of the postwar, post-punk late 1980s and ’90s. Katy Rodriguez, cofounder of the cult vintage fashion shop Resurrection, is among those who felt a connection to Margiela’s clothing in the subliminal challenges it posed to the time’s beauty norms.

“Growing up in San Francisco and coming out of the end of punk rock, not wanting to be objectified, not wanting to be seen as a sexual object, not wanting your value to be just because you’re pretty — all those clothes played into all of that,” she says. “It really was a reflection of the kind of world the young people I knew at the time wanted to live in.”

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Designer: Maison Martin Margiela
Maison Martin Margiela "This Is My Suit" T-Shirt, Spring Summer 2008
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Phường Tương Mai, VN
Very iconic piece from Margiela, and perhaps the rarest colorway. Size on tag: 48 Condition: 9/10. No significant signs of usage, wrinkles due to storage. Feels free to message me...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Olive Wrap Front Skirt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
This soft rayon knit skirt comes in an earthy olive color from Maison Martin Margiela. The faux wrap front secures with a small button.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Rare 2000's Maison Martin Margiela Black Satin Cummerbund
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Rare 2000's Maison Martin Margiela Black Satin Cummerbund with a hook and eye closure and elastic back. New in Box. Size Medium.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Tabi Clog Black (41 EU)
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Champions of making the camel toe fashion, Maison Margiela incorporate the Tabi toe into these sky-high clog heels for added drama. The elevated heels feature leather, contrast stitc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Margiela grey wool oversized size 78 folded pants, fw 2000
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Martin Margiela; grey wool oversized pants. Size IT 78 reconstructed and folded to fit a size small. Box pleat at the centre back, wrap design at front fastening with a hook and eye ...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

MAISON MARGIELA Size 11 White Canvas Low Top Tabi Sneakers
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in San Francisco, CA
MAISON MARGIELA 'Tabi' sneakers comes in a white canvas with a patent leather trim featuring signature split toe design, rubber sole, and a lace up closure. Made in Italy. Very Goo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela 1995 Long Fuchsia Two Tone Runway Gloves
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Chicago, IL
Wonderful Margiela gloves 100% wool Manufactured and distributed by Miss Deanna Snaps in the back 1995 collection Excellent condition Labeled XL
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Black Leather Silver-Tone Sculpted Block Heel Pumps
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Margiela Black Leather Silver-Tone Sculpted Block Heel Pumps - Smooth black leather upper, with adjustable ankle strap and round toe with low vamp - Set on a mid-height b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Belted Straight Pant
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
These elegant cream-colored straight leg pants from Maison Martin Margiela are belted, with opposing buckles that secure with a wrap-around strap. Two front seam pockets.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Belted Straight Pant
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
These elegant cream-colored straight leg pants from Maison Martin Margiela are belted, with opposing buckles that secure with a wrap-around strap. Two front seam pockets.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

2002 Maison Martin Margiela Pinstriped Wide Waist Belt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Maison Martin Margiela 2002 Collection black and white pinstriped wide waist belt with a back bustle and long satin self-tying string closures. New in Box with Tag.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiella Simple Little Black Dress (40)
By Maison Martin Margiela, Martin Margiella
Located in Port Hope, ON
Lovely viscose dress with contrasting cotton trim at the v-neck and cuffs. This 3/4 sleeved dress is simple but elegant with a slight cocoon shape bottom. There is also the design...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Black Feather Print Sweatshirt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Margiela Black Feather Print Sweatshirt - Crafted from soft black cotton and cut to a loose fit - Feather print sweatshirt is detailed with the Maison's iconic 'ghost' q...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Pencil Skirt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
This midi skirt means business in grey wool. This classic skirt from Maison Martin Margiela Iconic Collection comes with sturdy belt loops and is streamlined with a hidden side zip.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Rare Maison Martin Margiela Black Feather Vest 2004-05
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Maison Martin Margiela black feather vest with a longer front, short back, large metallic label, and˙ bands at the back. Circa Autu...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Red Silk Vest
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Margiela Red Silk Vest (bare back) with silk ties with hang tags Size: 42/ Fit US 2/4/6
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Maison Margiela Men's Sneaker Graffiti Print 43
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Maison Martin Margiela men's graffiti print sneaker. Rare to find this fabulous Maison Martin Margiela sneaker is perfect for the summer season for a fresh look...
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2010s Maison Martin Margiela

Rare Maison Martin Margiela Presentation Cassette Tape
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a very rare vintage Maison Martin Margiela "Presentation" cassette tape. The cassette has been in our collection for many years but has never...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Blue Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt Dress US6
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Margiela Blue Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt Dress - Blue and white striped cotton-poplin shirt dress - Off-centre press-stud fastening - Asymmetric ruffles - Ruffled point col...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Men's Sneaker Gold Ombre Limited Edition 43
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers Maison Martin Margiela men's Limited Edition Ombre Gold numbered sneaker. Rare to find this fabulous Maison Martin Margiela sneaker is perfect for year round wear!...
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2010s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Black Oversized Maxi Sweater Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Maison Martin Margiela black sleeveless maxi sweater dress featuring a v-neckline and crinkle appearance. Maison Martin Margiela S...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Narrow Leg Black Pant
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Black pants from vintage Maison Martin Margiela are unique with exposed denim seams along the waist at the pocket openings. Clean front with a short zip fly in front.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela Square Shoulder Black Sweatshirt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Berlin, DE
Martin Margiela white tag strong exaggerated padded shoulders sweatshirt, lined. Size : S, Made in Italy. Measurements : Shoulder : 40cm Underarm : 44 cm Sleeve : 71 cm Length : 50 cm
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2010s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Black Stretch-Ribbed Cotton Long Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Martin Margiela Black Stretch-Ribbed Cotton Long Dress - Minimal, signature Margiela aesthetic - Tank shape ribbed fine jersey body with elongated fishtail hem, pooling o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

MAISON MARGIELA Size 6 Red Painted Knit Lace Up Sneakers
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in San Francisco, CA
MAISON MARGIELA trainers come in black knit with a black rubber sole, lace up front, and red paint coating throughout. Made in Italy. New with Box. Marked: IT 39 l Outsole: 11 x 4....
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Artisanal Spider-Web Hand Knit Sweater, Spring Summer 2016
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Phường Tương Mai, VN
A piece you would not often see on the internet. This one including different textile: Wool, Mohair, Cashmere, unlike Raf Simons or Number(N)ine Size on tag: M, fits Oversized Con...
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2010s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Black Satin Sleeveless Floral Dress - Size US 10
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Margiela Black Satin Floral Dress - Soft satin texture - Beautiful floral brushstroke print - Ruffled details to the chest - Maxi length - Gorgeous bright color combinatio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

1990S MARTIN MARGIELA Cranberry Red Viscose & Spandex Jersey Micro Mini Skirt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in New York, NY
1990S MARTIN MARGIELA Cranberry Red Viscose & Spandex Jersey Micro Mini Skirt
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Extra Long Top
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
This khaki-colored extra long cozy top comes to you from Maison Martin Margiela. It can be worn as a dress or tunic-style.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Margiela Artisanal Black Velvet Top
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Maison Martin Margiela artisanal black velvet top made from a skirt pattern. The sleeveless top features a classic skirt waistband ...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Reworked Halter Top
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Black stretch twist back top with a draped neck reworked from a button-up blouse from the Iconic MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA ARTISANAL Collection. MADE IN ITALY.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

1992 Martin Margiela Artisanal Scarf Tie Top
By Maison Martin Margiela, Martin Margiella
Located in Austin, TX
1992 Martin Margiela Artisanal Scarf Tie Top Condition: good, some wear one size
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Red Patent Leather Pump Heels Size 38
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Featuring red patent leather, ghost wedge pump heel and pointy toe, heel height is 4.25". Made in Italy. Est retail is $1095.00.
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Draped Jersey Top
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Oakland, CA
Maison Martin Margiela Pale Pink top. Longer tunic length. Draped shoulder to back. Stretchy jersey hugs hips. Exaggerated sleeve length.
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

2009 Martin Margiela Mirrored Disco Jacket
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Austin, TX
2009 Martin Margiela Mirrored Disco Jacket Look #35 from Spring 2009 collection by Martin Margiela Can be worn as cape or jacket Condition: Very good, no missing mirrors or wear 42"...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela grey wool tweed reconstructed jacket with chains, fw 2004
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Margiela; Grey wool tweed reconstructed vintage jacket with decorative metal chains, exposed frayed seams and snap button closures Fall-Winter 2004
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

1990's Maison Martin Margiela Covered Button Blazer
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Rare and Collectible 1990's Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Black Woven Covered 3 Button Blazer with covered pockets and a high, collar-less neckline. New with Tag. Perfect unworn c...
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20th Century Maison Martin Margiela

2009 Martin Margiela Mirrored Backless Tuxedo Vest
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Austin, TX
2009 S/S MARTIN MARGIELA MIRRORED TUXEDO VEST 2009 designed by Martin Margiela. Condition:Excellent SZ S/ US 4 / IT 40
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Cashmere & Silk Cardigan
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Margiela Cashmere & Silk Cardigan - Soft, fine-knit cashmere and sheer silk crepe - Ribbed round neck, accented with raw-edged silk - Button fastening - Felted sides a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Dress IT 40
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Beautiful and brand new Margiela dress Viscose, Virgin wool and Polyester Black and prune color Long sleeves Total length cm 84 (33 inches) Shoulders cm 32 (12.5 inchs) Worldwide exp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

1996 MARTIN MARGIELA Metal Ring Top
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Austin, TX
1996 Martin Margiela brown knit crop top with tie back and metal ring neck Condition: Excellent Bust 24" , 18" waist, 21.5" length size XS / S
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

2000s Maison Martin Margiela white strapless top
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Maison Martin Margiela white narrow-ribbed stretch cotton strapless top. Size: 42 IT Flat measurements Height: 35 cm Bust: 37 cm Product code: A7045 Notes: This item belongs to a...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela Silver Painted Trench
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to present a vintage Maison Martin Margiela white canvas double-breasted trench coat featuring all-over silver paint, a matching waist belt, back vent...
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Late 20th Century Maison Martin Margiela

Margiela black leather funnel neck jacket, fw 2008
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Martin Margiela black leather jacket with metal double ended zip fastening, rib knit cuffs, waist band and funnel neck collar, and built in shoulder pads. Fall-Winter 2008
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Blue Asymmetrical Avant Garde Maxi Apron Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Maison Martin Margiela two-tone blue wool deconstructed asymmetrical raw-edge dress with an attached skirt with an elastic waist. ...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela New Strapless Color Block Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous light taupe silk and black net strapless gown from Martin Margiela top line collection. It falls in an A line from top to hem- taupe down to the mid calf then black netti...
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2010s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela strapless dress and thigh high boots runway ensemble, ss 2008
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Rare Martin Margiela runway ensemble ▪ Strapless rayon double-layered dress ▪ Wild horse print ▪ Black leather thigh-high sandal boots ▪ Dress: IT 40 - FR 36 - UK 8 ▪ Boots: Eu...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela Goldtone Brass Chain Link Belt Sz M
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in New York, NY
Maison Margiela Goldtone Brass Chain Links Belt Sz M Made In: Italy Color: Goldtone Hardware: Goldtone brass Materials: 100% brass Lining: 100% leather lining under bar belt Closure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Coral Halter Top
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Soft cotton cropped halter top in coral comes from Maison Martin Margiela. It's straps, which secure around the neck, run down the length of the front of the top.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Long Sleeve Tee
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
White vintage round neck tee from comes to you from Maison Martin Margiela. This 100% white semi-fitted cotton tee differentiates itself with overlapping around the unfinished seams ...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela black oversized size 74 trench coat, ss 2000
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Martin Margiela black oversized double-breasted trench coat ▪ Enlarged proportions ▪ 65% polyester, 35% cotton ▪ Large horn buttons ▪ Matching belt ▪ For this collection men's...
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Asymmetrical Saddel Leather Belt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
A unique asymmetrical leather belt from Maison Martin Margiela in black with heavy duty hardware and exposed stitching.
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Early 2000s Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela stockman corset runway ensemble, fw 1997
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Martin Margiela runway ensemble comprising: Stockman corset, cream velvet 'basting' jacket, red acetate slip dress, brown leather knee high wedge Tabi boots, and red fur wig (made by...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

1990s Maison Martin Margiela Garment Bag Coat
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Austin, TX
1990s Martin Margiela garment bag coat. Condition: AS IS. multiple spots. One size
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Tan distressed suede buckle boots
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Martin Margiela tan distressed suede buckle boots - Rich tan coloured suede with intentional distressing on the toe caps and heel - Decorative buckle front with silver-to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

Margiela black maxi dress made from vintage petticoats, S / S 2003
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
- Top layer of skirt transforms into the top of the dress, cut with arm holes, a slit for the head and backless design with ruffled trim. - Constructed from various vintage petticoat...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Black Satin Button Down One-Pocket Shirt
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Maison Martin Margiela black satin button-down shirt featuring long sleeves, contrasting buttons, one breast pocket, and a folder o...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela

Polished Leather Zip Ankle Boots
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Maison Martin Margiela Polished Leather Zip Ankle Boots - Rich burgundy/ black marble effect glossy leather ankle boots - Side zip closure at the inner side - Stacked leather ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela

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