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Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

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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 SS 95 Rare "Reproduction" of a 70's Transparent Neglige
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Milano, MILANO
Spring Summer 1995 iconic and rare "Reproduction" of a 70's transparent negligé by Maison Martin Margiela. Buttons on the front. The composition tag is missing, seems to be made of ...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA SS 99 Jersey Dress with Choker
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Milano, MILANO
Spring Summer 1999 wrap jersey dress with metal choker by Maison Martin Margiela. Detachable sleeves. Two buttons closure at back. The composition tag is missing, seems to be made o...
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1990s Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Margiela Rare Vintage Beaded Tapestry Runway Dress Gown Museum Collec
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Spring 2012 Maison Martin Margiela's collection of exquisite evening wear inspired by Asian theme tapestry. One could picture this "wearable art" sequined number out at a fashion party or special event. Margiela tapestry gown featured in RSID museum exhibition (see last photo). Strapless gown with corset...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

1994MaisonMartinMargiela PlungingOpenChestSlinky BlackBiasRuchedHalter SlitDress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Chicago, IL
With the original hand-sewn off-white unbranded rectangular label of Paris-based Maison Martin Margiela, this asymmetrical plunging v-neck black jersey pullover gown was designed in 1994 by Belgium fashion-designer-cum-artist Martin Margiela. In his early deconstruction style, it partly appears to be a ruched halter dress that is positioned on a bias to add curves to shape the waist, while its open overlapping wrap skirt enables ample draping on one side that conceals a high slit from the waist down. Recalling the construction found in two of Martin Margiela's seminal collections--both the upcycled-split 1950s ballgowns of Spring/Summer 1991 and the draped "Stockman" garments of Spring/Summer 1997--this stretch-viscose dress is likewise a bodice with a split skirt, while its 3/4-length sleeves can recall Margiela's famous "shouldered arm bands" if worn with protruding breasts fully exposed. The top has a wide deep gapping chest or back, along with the option to position the looped "halter" cord that hangs from the torso in one of several ways by pulling over the head. For example, if the dress is worn "backwards" with the brand label resting on the upper chest, the cord from the ruching that is positioned in back can be pulled overhead and under the arms, which can secure the front shoulders of the top by pulling the loop overhead again in the other direction to rest on the back of the neck--like the Martin Margiela Spring/Summer 1997 "Stockman evening dress" in the museum collection of TheMet (see our pic of its smaller open-front black halter and half skirt with the neck strap worn this way.) No doubt the buyer will try more creative ways, too! You may be inspired by our other listing for arguably one of Martin Margiela's best Artisanal Line 0 pieces--a couture body harness--that, like his fashion manifesto, enables endless repurposing of button-down tops to create a plunging v-neckline with a distinct rolled collar. The Italian-size 42 dress...
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1990s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA SS 94 Artisanal Leather Mini Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Milano, MILANO
Spring Summer 1994 rare and iconic artisanal customized leather mini dress by Maison Martin Margiela. Made with a reversed vintage trench. String and buttons closure at back. The com...
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1990s Unknown Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Couture MartinMargiela 1997 Draped Convertible Vest Skirt Cape Black Tyvek Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Chicago, IL
Contemporary artist Martin Margiela, while initially a fashion designer, gave TheMet's Costume Institute from his seminal 1997 "Wordrobe" collection a couture trio, which he titled "Drapery Study: study of draping on bust, half dress and backless vest", whereafter in 2016 the museum made a rare purchase of another of his 1997 ensembles. Our couture bodice from the Artisanal line "0" by Margiela in 1997 features its iconic "ghost" off-white four-corner-stitched blank brand tag. But ours is a one-piece variation of the half dresses and backless vests that Margiela famously associated with Stockman dress forms, which have since become some of the most coveted pieces of 20th-Century fashion. This collection earned him the role of Hermes creative director that same year, whereafter his first collection for the venerable luxury brand debuted in 1998. TheMet wrote about its designer-gifted 1997 ensemble in its summary of New Clothes Acquisition of the 1990s: "to exemplify the conceptual basis of dressmaking Margiela's paramount concern to return to the raw materials of dress often exchanges finish and finesse to something more akin to process in modern art". Like that ensemble, our satin-finish black rectangular-panel garment can be draped in multiple ways to create different functions because of its unusual non-fabric soft material Tyvek and the way that the two black grosgrain ribbons are attached. Based on our experience with other Martin Margiela limited-edition Artisanal objects, there may be two that exist in black (see our other listing for the boxed set including a white harness/lingerie). TheMet also acquired from the 1997 Maison Martin Margiela Stockman...
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1990s Belgian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Martin Margiela Black asymmetric one shoulder maxi dress, fw 2008
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Milano, IT
- Runway Look 6 - Sold by Skof.Archive - Designed by Martin Margiela - Black one shoulder evening dress - Fit over to the body - Fall ...
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Early 2000s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

MARGIELA Black Rayon Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Margiela Black Rayon dress with interesting sleeves. Marked size 40 Bust: 34 inch / Waist 26 inch - 32 inch / hip 36 inch / Dress Length: 43 ...
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1990s Belgian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 1990’s Martin Margiela A line long deconstructed dress with felt patches
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in COLLINGWOOD, AU
This piece epitomises the deconstructed era of the Margiela house in the 1990’s. A maxi length, A line shaped dress in a signature colour for the house (taupe/olive) with grey felt ...
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1990s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela Artisanal Evening Dress Made Out Of Vintage Petticoats, ss 2003
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Archival Margiela Evening Dress ▪ Creative Director: Martin Margiela ▪ Spring-Summer 2003 ▪ Sold by One of a Kind Archive ▪ Museum Grade ▪ Constructed from repurposed vintage pet...
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Early 2000s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela Artisanal Dress Made From Two Vintage Dresses, fw 2003
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Archival Margiela Artisanal Dress ▪ Creative Director: Martin Margiela ▪ Fall-Winter 2003 ▪ Sold by One of a Kind Archive ▪ Artisanal (Lin...
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1990s French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

new MAISON MARGIELA JOHN GALLIANO 2019 deconstructed navy wool 2D dress IT40 S
By Maison Martin Margiela, John Galliano
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new MAISON MARGIELA JOHN GALLIANO 2019 deconstructed navy wool 2D dress IT40 S Reference: TGAS/C01545 Brand: Maison Margiela Designer: John Galliano...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela Black Crystal-Laced Viscose Mini Dress, ss 2009
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Archival Margiela Black Crystal-Laced Viscose Mini Dress ▪ Creative Director: Martin Margiela ▪ Spring-Summer 2009 ▪ Sold by One of a Kind Archive ▪ Black viscose jersey construct...
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Early 2000s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

MAISON MARGIELA 2005 Vintage Runway Floating Dress clear fishwire V knee dress S
By MM6 Maison Margiela, Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Hong Kong, NT
MAISON MARGIELA 2005 Vintage Runway Floating Dress clear fishwire V knee dress S Reference: TGAS/D00324 Brand: Maison Margiela Designer: Martin Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Margiela Gold Kimono Inspired Artwork Bias Mixed Media Dress Gown New
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Maison Margiela by John Galliano mixed media kimono inspired print gown. Bodice fashioned of mustard scuba fabric with narrow asymmetric peplum at waist. Extends into gold silk...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela Artisanal Dress Made Out of Vintage Blouson Jackets, fw 2004
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Archival Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Dress ▪ Creative Director: Martin Margiela ▪ Fall-Winter 2004 ▪ Sold by One of a Kind Archive ▪ Mu...
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Early 2000s French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Margiela White Cotton Midi Dress, Size 44
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
- Crew neckline - Sleeveless style - Mid length - Silver tone real zip closure - Features side cut out with polka dot and striped pattern detail - Made in Italy
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Margiela Paris Navy Maxi Dress, Size 36
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
- Shine finish - Knit detail on the neckline - Loose fit - 3/4 sleeve length - Made in Italy
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2010s French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Margiela Black Orchid Bias Gown with Open Back New!
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Maison Margiela by John Galliano enchanting bias cut gown. Features black velvet shoulder straps with narrow asymmetric peplum at waist extending into black silk charmeuse bias godet skirt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

MARTIN MARGIELA RUNWAY Replica '1970's evening dress'
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet-black jersey '1970's evening dress' designed by Margiela from the 'Replica' line dating to the early 2000’s although an almost identical dress was seen...
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Early 2000s North American Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela artisanal dress made from reclaimed vintage dresses, fw 1993
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Rare Martin Margiela artisanal maxi dress ▪ Made from a patchwork of damaged 1940s dresses sourced by the designer at the flea markets in Paris ▪ Small - Medium ▪ Fall-Winter 1993 ...
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1990s French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Margiela grey cotton jersey maxi dress with metal loop collar, fw 1999
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Margiela; Grey cotton jersey wrap dress with long fitted sleeves attached to a large metal loop collar Fall-Winter 1999
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1990s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

2014 Runway Margiela Blue and White Sequin Bustier Top with Pearls
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Runway 2014 Maison Martin Margiela Blue and White sequins strapless bustier top with large pearls. Zip on the side. Marked size 40. Fit us 4
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2010s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Martin Margiela Satin Car Seat Collection Dress 2006
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Maison Martin Margiela black satin dress with a v neckline that is decorated with studs, an unlet hem with studs, and inspired by car seat...
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Early 2000s French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela tulle waistcoat made from a 1950s ballgown, ss 1991
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
▪ Martin Margiela full length waist coat ▪ Made from a recycled 1950's ballgown with slit down the front ▪ 3 black ties at the front ▪ Metal zipper at side seam ▪ Pleated and ruf...
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1990s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela black velvet maxi slip dress, fw 1995
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Martin Margiela black velvet maxi slip dress with spaghetti straps, low back and silk panel on the hem Fall-Winter 1995
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1990s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Rare Maison Margiela Celestial Solar Eclipse Dress Gown NWT!
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Maison Margiela Fall 2017 black and white silk gown showcasing the partial solar eclipse of the 1963 Bar Harbor photographic print at front. Very celestial. Boasts a dramatic high neckline complimented by dolman sleeves with gathered waistline extending into a lovely long silk skirt...
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2010s Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Martin Margiela Eagle Print Long Sleeve Sweatshirt Novelty Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in San Diego, CA
Amazing MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA eagle print long sleeve sweatshirt dress!!! Bald eagle print on the left side with vibrant colors of green, yellow, pu...
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2010s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela black silk chiffon evening wrap dress with metal s-hook, ss 1999
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Introducing an archival Martin Margiela evening wrap dress, a masterpiece from the Spring-Summer 1999 collection that embodies the brand's timeless elegance and innovative design. Th...
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1990s French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Martin Margiela SS 2009 V-Neck Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Maison Martin Margiela sheer sea foam dress featuring a deep v-neck and back, cap sleeves, and a layered front hem with a slit. Has a nude unitard under...
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Early 2000s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Martin Margiela Black Asymmetric Long Sleeve Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA 2009 Collection black jersey stretch asymmetric long sleeve dress with one extra long oversize sleeve and a fitted bodice. New Wit...
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Early 2000s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Margiela Artisanal black glove top and pleated skirt runway ensemble, ss 2001
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in London, GB
Martin Margiela; Runway ensemble (LOOK #10) Artisanal shirt-front made out of black leather gloves and oversized black artisanal skirt made out of vintage pleated skirts...
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1990s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Martin Margiela Black Sleeveless Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Maison Martin Margiela black rayon below the knee dress featuring cap sleeves. Please inquire for additional images.
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Margiela Black Asymmetrical Evening Gown
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Maison Martin Margiela black asymmetrical evening gown featuring one covered leg, one short leg, a halter bodice, and contrasting f...
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20th Century French Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Martin Margiela Dress size 40
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Viscose Virgin wool and Polyester Black and prune color Long sleeves Total length cm 84 (33 inches) Shoulders cm 32 (12.5 inchs)
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2010s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

2014 Maison Martin Margiela Cocktail Dress
By Maison Martin Margiela
Located in Carmel, CA
2014 Maison Martin Margiela strapless cocktail dress with embossed vest. The bodice of the dress is embossed with a tuxedo style vest imprint and the front of the skirt is flat. Th...
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2010s Italian Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns

Maison Martin Margiela evening dresses and gowns for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Maison Martin Margiela evening dresses and gowns available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, and Valentino Garavani appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Maison Martin Margiela evening dresses and gowns from top boutiques around the world. Maison Martin Margiela evening dresses and gowns prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $450 and tops out at $16,694, while the average work can sell for $3,146.
Questions About Maison Martin Margiela Evening Dresses and Gowns
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    Maison Martin Margiela, now simply called Maison Margiela, is a French fashion house founded in 1988. It was first founded by Belgian designer Martin Margiela and takes inspiration from avant-garde styling. On 1stDibs, find a range of authentic Maison Margiela pieces.
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    John Galliano is currently creative director of the French fashion house Maison Margiela, previously called Maison Martin Margiela. In the past, he has been the creative director for Givenchy and Christian Dior. Browse a range of expertly vetted Maison Margiela pieces from top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    No, Maison Margiela is not owned by L’Oréal. The Italian company OTB Group owns Maison Margiela as of January 2022. L'Oréal is a separate French company. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Maison Margiela apparel and accessories from some of the world’s top sellers.
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    Yes, Maison Margiela is a luxury brand. Established by Belgian designer Martin Margiela in 1988, the fashion house is known for its avant-garde approach to design, and its runway shows often challenge prevailing style conventions. Many celebrities are fans of the brand, including Rihanna, Cardi B, Doja Cat, Paul Bettany, Megan Fox and Kendall Jenner. On 1stDibs, explore a selection of Maison Margiela apparel and accessories.

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