John Galliano of Maison Margiela knew that the prolonged periods of isolation from people and activities would result in a great need for interdependence and intimacy. And what better way to experience it than dancing. The creative director finds tango as passionate as ever and pays homage to the beautiful partner dance for the Spring/Summer 2021 ‘Co-ed’ Collection.
In the second and final installment of S.W.A.L.K. – the film project first launched for haute couture, he demonstrates how techniques developed in the Artisanal collection are artistically industrialized for the Spring-Summer 2021 Co-Ed Collection.
The course of coming up with new solutions begins with transforming components of vintage finds into entirely new silhouettes that reveal the layers of their new construction, a prime example of what Galliano means under “storied garments.” The designer also respects the Neoclassical tradition of the veiled marble sculpture with riffs on the “wet look” in the form of voile dresses, printed tailored pieces, and face-covering headwear. The collection’s palette utilizes the traditional colors of tango; sultry reds, dark pinstriped tailoring, and cream formalwear track throughout.
Watch Maison Margiela’s S.W.A.L.K II Co-Ed Collection Spring-Summer 2021 and see some of the styling samples below.