Martin Margiela’s fashion legend is coming back as an artist.

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The reclusive Belgian, who retired in 2009 as a designer, will be exhibiting his work in April in Paris.

The Belgian, who retired from fashion design in 2009, will be exhibiting at Galerie Lafayette Anticipations in Paris. After 12 years out of the public eye, reclusive fashion designer Martin Margiela has announced his comeback as an artist. Opening on April 15, the exhibition, simply named Martin Margiela, includes a series of his paintings, photos and installations that have never before been on public display. “This exhibition celebrates the idea that Martin Margiela has always been an artist whose work has since played inside and outside the art world,”This exhibition celebrates the idea that Martin Margiela has always been an artist whose work has since been performed inside and outside the art world. [He] always made us look with fresh eyes at items. He developed a fascination with unremarkable individuals, lost objects and forgotten places and incidents against the grain, giving them a new dignity. Margiela graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1979 and worked for Jean Paul Gaultier between 1984 and 1987 before founding his Maison Martin Margiela fashion company (now Maison Martin Margiela).

He ran his label in direct contrast to the great designers of the day, who traded on their brand name and image. He ensured that no images were taken of him, interviews were not conducted face to face, and he did not take bows at the end of a catwalk presentation.

He told the Independent by fax in 2011, “We prefer to concentrate on the clothes in the media and not all that is done around them.” “His flagship store in Brussels was painted all white, and one of his trademarks was an anonymous white label sewn into his clothes,”His flagship store was painted all white in Brussels, and one of his trademarks was an anonymous white label sewn into his clothes. “He rejected the lure of superstardom and remained largely invisible,” said McRobbie, who between 1989 and 2009 declared his retirement after 41 runway shows. Last year, Reiner Holzemer, producer of the documentary “He was fed up with the system of having to do so many collections a year,” said to The Guardian, “Martin Margiela: In His Own Words,” “After he left, he suffered physically, and it took him a year to recover from the stress.” In his contract, Holzemer said the designer stipulated that he would never be seen on camera. “That he managed to continue working the way he did is a testament to his anti-commercial ethos and vision as an artist,” McRobbie said.

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