Only Margiela could make me want to wear something that's meant for my feet around my neck. Andre Breton's Surrealist Manifesto of 1924 clearly stated, "Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought, " and goes on to say, "Surrealism is pure psychic automatism, by which one proposed to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation." Bare bones translation? What you see, is not what you get. Surrealism is a way of not taking things at face value, of attaching new meaning and ideas to common objects and thought. Not that I purport to fully comprehend exactly what Monsieur Breton was getting at, but surely Maison Margiela is operating on the same creative wavelength, using the basic Surrealist tenets to inspire the house in its quest for a clearly singular and sometimes upside-down take on great fashion that continues to surprise and delight even the most jaded among us.
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