John Galliano presented Spring Summer 2021 Co-Ed collection for Maison Margiela during the recently wraped up Paris Fashion Week, with the film by image-maker Nick Knight. In the second and final instalment of S.W.A.L.K., the filmic project first launched for haute couture, Galliano demonstrates how techniques developed in the Artisanal collection are artistically industrialized for ready-to-wear.
Observing the valour of the tango, heroic cutting is expressed in chivalrous tailoring silhouettes founded in the idea of anonymity of the lining. Formal jackets are slashed open and imbued with dancing frills bursting out from within their layers. Muslin and tulle dresses created with circular cutting evoke the effect of wet look, a technique reminiscent of wet-drapery, further evolved into knitwear and interpreted in illusionary motifs on tailoring. Prints with a purpose created in the image of humble tape – derived from Artisanal embroideries – invoke movement. Jackets constructed in a millefeuille of fabrics carry the trace of time of their layers. – from Maison Margiela