Undoubtedly, you've heard the name Martin Margiela. The Belgian designer has been a figure in the fashion world since 1985, when he started working for Jean Paul Gaultier. Prior to that, Margiela had worked as a freelance designer for five years after graduating Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
Just a year after leaving Gaultier, the designer showed the first collection under his own label. And the rest is history. Currently, Margiela has a boutique in the West Village in NYC; his shoes are also sold at Barneys. His clothing can also be found at online boutiques such as Yoox and La Garconne.
Side note: Balenciaga's main man, Nicolas Ghesquiere has said on many occasions that he wears Martin Margiela. In the fashion world, that is quite the compliment!
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