Q&A with Martin Margiela

What is colour:
An intensity, a temperature, a clash, harmony.

How do you use it:
When it asks

What is black?
An absence, a presence, a mood, a mantle.

What is red?
A blush, a flush, a fever, a command.

What is skin?
A protection.

What is fabric?
A medium.

What is texture?
A result of time.

What is function?
A reply to a need.

What is art?
A need to reply.

What is craftmanship?
A fruit of time.

What is clothing?
The final layer.

What is fashion?
A series of propositions.

What is recycling?
Another chance.

How does recycling fit into your work?
By nature.

How does a concept develop at Maison Martin Margiela?
Time, a question, another reply.

How does a concept develop at Hermes?
Time, another question, another reply.

What would you develop? Besides clothing?
An understanding.

What words do you live by?


Maison Martin Margiela for view on Colour 1998