A few days ago the official website for the documentary "We Margiela" was finally unveiled. Directed by Menna Laura Meijer (the recipient or various awards for her projects, Meijer started making documetaries almost by accident in 1997 and she is now also an advisor and coach for documentary projects and directors) and produced by the Rotterdam-based Mint Film Office, the documentary will be out later this year.
Martin Margiela remains a fascinating subject not just for his avant-garde designs, but also for his passion for anonymity, a concept that clashes with the fashion industry where the cult of personality is rife, but also with our times, in which we have grown accustomed to advertise every detail of our private lives on social media.
The title of the documentary refers instead to the modus operandi behind Margiela's house and to the power of the team and the collective: the film traces back the genesis of the fashion house and includes interviews with several team members and in particular with business partner Jenny Meirens. Some of the themes and issues tackled will focus on authorship and creativity and will hopefully encourage viewers to have a more individual approach to life.
Indeed, as one quote by Meirens states on the documentary website: "When you want to please others and everyone, you will get nowhere. I think you have to diversify yourself from others. In the long run, it will give you the freedom not to answer to the system."
The images posted on the production film company's Instagram page show there will be plenty of archival garments and accessories and the company has announced the documentary will be accompanied by a book as well entitled "Our House".
Genuine Margiela fans will be able to join the excitement for the film by subscribing to a very special mailing project (for €19 – to cover printing and shipping expenses): over three months subscribers will receive three different envelopes (the project is limited and numbered from 1 to 999) that will include photographs taken during filming and texts from the transcriptions of the interviews. The photographs will be part of the documentary and of the book but will not be available online.
Mint Film Office got in touch with Irenebrination a few weeks ago asking if they could borrow a Martin Margiela pattern mentioned in a previous post. The pattern has been sent out to them and we hope it will be useful to the team working on "We Margiela".
Fashion collectors are usually more interested in garments and accessories, but patterns can be very exciting things as well and wonderful inspirations for art projects, fashion collections or just intriguing as archive materials to collect. You may end up lending them to a friend working on a personal project, a museum, or, as it happened in this case, a documentary. So the next time you think about starting a fashion related collection, include patterns in the list of things you may want to keep.