The Dark and Wonderful Maison Margiela, Burberry Announces Diversity Initiatives

by Aria Darcella
Maison Margiela

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Maison Margiela Was a Dark Delight
John Galliano’s Fall 2019 collection was almost minimalist — at least by his standards. The designer, who usually wows with theatrical designs and over-the-top styling — put more of a focus on tailoring this season. The resulting pieces were architectural and impressive, showcasing his talent for crafting unique silhouettes.

Burberry Announces Diversity Initiatives (Instagram)
Marco Gobbetti, Burberry Group’s CEO, took to Instagram to announce new diversity and inclusion measures following a controversial runway look that featured a noose. “The distress we cause with one of our products last week has shown us that we are not where we need or want to be,” he wrote. “Having spoken with our employees, experts and communities we impacted, we have developed a plan to increase our consciousness and understanding of social issues and fully embrace diversity and inclusion.” Some steps the company will take include new training for employees, establishing employee councils focused on diversity and inclusion, and putting an emphasis on diversifying its talent.

 

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Inside the New Thierry Mugler Exhibit
Images of the upcoming Thierry Mugler retrospective in Montreal are slowly being teased out ahead of the show. Thierry Mugler: Couturissime explores all aspects of the designer’s creative legacy, from collaborations with iconic photographers like Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Steven Meisel, to his costume design. The show also features 150 outfits designer between 1977 to 2014, as well as unpublished sketches, accessories, and more. “People have offered to exhibit my work a number of times, but the idea of simply looking back has never interested me,” Mulger said of the show. “The [Montreal Museum of Fine Arts] with Nathalie Bondil and Thierry-Maxime Loriot were the right people, with the right approach, to reinvent the past with innovative staging, eclectic melanges and a new vision of my work. There is no future without a past, so I hope that this exhibition will inspire in its visitors a new creative future.” The show opens March 2.

Curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Manfred Thierry Mugler, and Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA. (Max Abadian)

Coach Releases Words Matter, a Film by Spike Lee Starring Michael B. Jordan
Academy Award winner Spike Lee has created a new short film for Coach, starring the brand’s ambassador Michael B. Jordan. Lee co-wrote the film with his children, Satchel and Jackson Lee, who also directed a series of personal videos starring friends of the house. Both video projects share a core message of inclusion, optimism, and courage. “Spike’s art has moved the cultural dial for decades,” said Jordan. “I’m proud of the powerful messaging of this film and to be working alongside a brand that cares about putting that narrative into the world as much as I do.”

Maria Grazia Chiuri Built a High Fashion Collection Based on Subcultures 
Two juxtaposing fashion styles of 1950s England inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall 2019 collection for Dior. The first came from the house’s history: a Dior dress that Princess Margaret wore for her official 21st birthday portrait. The second came from the Teddy girls — a 1950s British subculture style in which women donned Edwardian-style men’s jackets paired with jeans. As such, Chiuri’s usual feminine touch for the house was cut with a tomboy edge. Additionally the designer continued her streak of paying homage to female artists. This season the show featured t-shirts featuring the work of feminist poet Robin Morgan, while the set included images by Italian artist Tomaso Binga.

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