Twisted Gestures

MM6 Maison Margiela offered distorted manual labour
By Alex James Taylor | Fashion | 22 September 2023

This season, MM6 Maison Margiela was all about the hand. exploring the role of gestures and postures enticed by artisanal craft, but also the roles of manual labour. Therefore we got concepts of the butcher’s apron, the lab coat and workwear silhouettes – all manipulated within the MM6 ethos, obviously.

Creating such a soundscape, a hand-paced rhythm of drums filled the showspace, reminiscent of thousands of tools beating in harmony, and models walked out through thick ribbon curtains – their hands appearing first. Here, aprons slouched across looks, sliced at one shoulder to hang like slip dresses, and baggy pants and jeans like the ones you see in workshops and skate parks alike pooled at the ankles, sometimes even spilling over around the shoe. Notions of length and width became skewed, with tailored jackets elongated to wrap the body, while trouser pockets were lowered, as was the crotch to create new forms. Denim, canvas and polycotton took us further into the world of hand-craft, while utilitarian details like six pockets on a t-shirt (six!) provided adequate storage for tools.

Mary Janes shaped like chef safety shoes took us into the kitchen, while skate belts dangled from the hip and the show’s invite was printed across a sleeveless tunic hoody. One spectacular look saw a corset made from dripping candle wax – the model’s necklace becoming encrusted in the garment.

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