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THE FILM FEATURES APPEARANCES BY SOME OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED NAMES IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY LIKE FASHION JOURNALIST SUZY MENKES, DESIGNERS JEAN PAUL GAULTIER AND RAF SIMONS AND FASHION RETAIL ENTREPRENEUR, GEERT BRULOOT, WHO WAS THE FIRST TO DISCOVER THE ENORMOUS TALENT OF MARTIN MARGIELA.

THE ARTIST IS ABSENT 
A SHORT FILM​ ON MARTIN MARGIELA


 

THE EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED BY YOOX GROUP
AND DIRECTED BY NEW YORK FILMMAKER ALISON CHERNICK.
THE FILM, SELECTED FOR THE 2015 EDITION OF THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, REVEALS
​ THE TRUE FACE OF THE ENIGMATIC BELGIAN DESIGNER WHO APPEARS HERE AS NEVER BEFORE.
Alison Chernick is a director, producer and television writer from New York, who became famous for her shorts in which she portrayed some of the most important personalities of contemporary art including Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney. 

 
Throughout her career, she has won numerous international prizes for her directing and screenwriting while her productions have been shown in the most prestigious museums in the world including the five Guggenheims, the Smithsonian, SFMOMA and The Walker. She also created the video that accompanied the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit at the Tate Modern in 2012. 
In 2005, she founded her own production company called “Voyeur Films”, creating documentaries and films dedicated to fashion, art, food and music.  
MAGICIAN OF FASHION
CURATED BY LYNN YAEGER
The designer was born in 1957 and graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1979. Showing his first collection under his own name 10 years later, he went on to exert an enormous influence on the world of style—rethinking conventional notions of proportion, furthering the project of deconstruction, embracing odd, unlikely combinations, gleefully suggesting linings and darts worn inside-out, playing with the very notion of what we might consider “beautiful.”  His willingness to break boundaries—who else would suggest shoes shaped like hoofs? --continues to haunt, to provoke, to startle. 

And what of Martin Margiela the man? At the height of his fame in the 1990s, this genius hid his enormous personal light under a barrel—you could only interview him by fax, as he was never seen in person! But if his actual face was invisible, his fashion ideas were right out there for everyone to appreciate. Which is why yoox.com is so excited to present the film, “The Artist is Absent,” exploring the elusive Mr. Margiela, along with a specially curated selection of vintage fashions from his glorious past, allowing you to own a piece of fashion history!

The artist may be physically absent, but his wonderful work continues to excite, incite, and invite us to dream.


 
 
The gentleman in question is so reclusive that few fashion professionals have even seen his face. But when it comes to sheer inventiveness, for a passion for the magic of fashion, Martin Margiela, the elusive yet powerful presence we celebrate here, has been hiding in plain sight all along.