This rare gown was from Belgian designer, Maison Martin Margiela's 2012 Spring/Summer collection of exquisite evening wear, inspired by Asian themed tapestry. The gown was presented on a runway strewn with Turkish, Central Asian and Persian carpets.
Entirely encrusted in sequins arranged in a Persian carpet pattern, the manner in which the dresses were sent out on the catwalk gave the appearance of
"a rug coming off the floor to swathe the body."
This same dress was exhibited at the RISD Museum (Rhode Island School of Design, USA) in an exhibition titled "Swagged and Poufed: The Upholstered Body in the Late 19th Century and Today".
This dress was recently gifted to The Darnell Collection by an Australian collector of couture.
(Story and bottom photo credit: Maison Martin Margiela website. Other photos by Brigitte Grant Photography)
|Exquisitely applied square sequins create a Persian carpet pattern|
|On the catwalk in 2012|