Maison Margiela in John Galliano's Homecoming

by Lotus Ladegaard

Maison Margiela is known for its Italian-made avant-garde and deconstructed styles. John Galliano since taking over the fashion house has added a new dimension his own sense of aesthetics and finesse.                                                                                                               As John Galliano presented his debut collection for the Fashion House, it also announced that it had dropped Martin from its name, in favor of ‘Maison Margiela’ to represent the evolution within the Fashion House.

Maison Margiela’s Prefall Collection has all the attributes we have come to expect from Maison Margiela. It is deconstructed, avant-garde and yet very relevant. The collection plays with silhouettes and its proportions which do not always create the most body flattering shapes, however, it also adds that Maison Margiela’s flair, followers cherish.

The bell-shaped coats are quite interesting although far from flattering to the female body, they convey a sense of playfulness. The collection is full of oversized jackets, short trousers, and asymmetrical dresses.

The Maison Margiela take on the little black dress is fantastic, it is editorial, simple and elegant with a bit of an edge with the cut-outs on the sleeves. The brown suit is another favorite with its large pleaded trousers and jacket with three-quarter length sleeves.

John Galliano has created a very avant-garde yet relevant and wearable collection for Maison Margiela. The Prefall Collection is humoristic, fun and playful which will appeal to the younger fashionista. Maison Margiela might be an acquired taste even for the avant-garde crowd, but one will undoubtedly be the talk of the town in one of their creations. 


Lotus Ladegaard is a Copenhagen based house model and fashion writer.