Winners of the award also become photographer Willy Vanderperre and the head of Y/Project by Glenn Martens
Yesterday in Brussels the awards ceremony of the Belgian Fashion Awards. One of the prize winners this year was Martin Margiela. He received the jury Prize for career achievements and influence on the fashion industry. At the ceremony, the designer does not appear, but sent a letter in which he thanked the jury for the award and talked about why he left fashion.
“I’m very touched and very proud to have received this award here in my home country. Especially because I went out of fashion a decade ago,” wrote Margiela.
“It is believed that fashion has a short memory, because she’s obsessed with novelty and relevance. But a recent exhibition dedicated to my works prove otherwise. My native Belgium was the first country, noting them in the fashion Museum in Antwerp and the Paris Museum of fashion and Museum of decorative arts showed them in the city that adopted me. It was a beautiful tribute to more than 30 years of hard work and dedication, which lasted until 2008, when I felt that I can no longer cope with the growing pressure and demands. I also was sorry about the information overload in social media, which destroyed “the thrill is waiting” and destroyed the element of surprise, so important for me,” he added.
Holders Fashion Awards become Belgian photographer Willy Vanderperre, constantly collaborating with RAF Simons, the young designer Federica Di Leo. Designer of the year was named creative Director of Y/Project, Glenn Martens, who in January will be a special guest at the Florentine exhibition Pitti Uomo.
Full text of the letter can be read on the website Dazed.
Recall that in may it became known that Martin Margiela will take part in the filming of a new documentary film about himself. It will be directed by Reiner Holzemer — author of the documentary “Dries” on the Dries van Notena. The premiere is titled “Without Compromise” (“Without compromise”) is scheduled for 2019.