Created in tribute to Martin Margiela and Steve Jobs, our 1997 Bootlegs document two parallel moments in which acts of radical defiance led to paradigm-changing creative shifts.
For his Spring-Summer 1997 collection, Martin Margiela presented a series of Stockman vests in various unfinished states. The collection brought the concept of deconstruction to its degree zero, an approach to design that has been copied endlessly yet never quite rendered this radically. In a bombshell announcement later that year, Margiela was appointed to helm ready-to-wear at Hermès, where he would go about planting this very same notion of deconstruction into the machinery of commercial luxury.
Custom-cut to our exact specifications, the 032c "1997" Bootleg 1/2: Margiela Longsleeve features our bootleg of the iconic Maison Martin Margiela tag design on the front and an image from Margiela’s Spring-Summer 1997 on the back.