Whether your knowledge of Maison Martin Margiela is resigned to a Jay Z lyric or stretches beyond owning a pair of Tabi boots, the influence of the Belgian house on the fashion industry today cannot be understated.
Now, over twenty years after the label was founded, a new short film aims to shine some light on the man behind the Maison.
Produced by writer and director Alison Chernwick and released in collaboration with Yoox Group, the aptly titled ‘The Artist is Absent’ explores the career of Martin Margiela by way of original show footage and interviews with friends, former colleagues and fans, amongst them Raf Simons, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Suzy Menkes.
The biggest project of its kind for Yoox, the 12-minute film taps into a growing audience for authentic fashion film (read: not 'The Devil Wears Prada'), and has already been acknowledged in the Best Documentary Short category at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Take a look, here.