i-D | margiela obscured models’ faces because he couldn’t afford to pay them (and other surprises from new doc)

In new documentary The Artist is absent, ever-elusive designer Martin Margiela gets the screen time he's due after leaving a lasting impact on the fashion industry. The film's release comes as the newly christened Maison Margiela (sans Martin) is again pressworthy with creative director John Galliano. The Yoox-produced short film delves into the artistry behind the rarely seen couturier who founded the brand.
Screened this Saturday at the TriBeCa Film Festival, the 12-minute work allows for a glimpse of Martin Margiela through the eyes of people who worked with and studied him. Designers including Jean-Paul Gaultier, editors like Suzy Menkes and former collaborators such as his director of communications Patrick Scallon explain what the designer meant to fashion and just how ahead of his time he was. Even Raf Simons, who recently got his own big screen moment in Dior and I and cites Margiela's all white spring/summer 91 collection as a turning point in his life, gets some screen time, too. 
Prior to the film's April 27 debut on Yoox, we break down four takeaways from the "Best Documentary Short" nominee.

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