The house produces both haute couture-inspired artisanal collections and ready-to-wear collections, with the former influencing the designs of the latter.
Product lines include womenswear, menswear, fine jewelry, footwear, objects, fragrance, and home goods, among others.
Known for deconstructive and avant-garde designs with unconventional materials, Maison Margiela has traditionally held live shows in unusual settings, for example empty metro stations and street corners.
Models’ faces are often obscured by fabric or long hair to direct attention to the clothes and design.
With Maison Martin Margiela going public in 2002, Margiela resigned as creative designer in 2009 and John Galliano was appointed to the role in 2014