08 Feb 2021

Iconoclastic fashion designer and creative director John Galliano reimagines the Art of Tango in SS21 Maison Margiela "CO-ED" collection. This year Maison Margiela digitally presented its Spring/Summer 2021 collection with a video titled S.W.A.L.K. II, filmed in Tuscany and directed by Nick Knight.


S.W.A.L.K. II is a sequel to the summer film released during Haute Couture season and features Galliano explaining the significance of the various Margiela numbers. The key inspiration for this season stems from the reality of separation that has become inevitable due to the current global climate. The latest collection highlights the interdependence between people through dynamic movements and dramatic silhouettes. 

Deconstructed garments and “wet looks” highlight the digital presentation.


The resulting designs are all about deconstructed outfits in a tango-themed red, black and white palette. Jackets are cut open, exposing the shoulder pads and skin through a sheer layer of organza fabric, while tulle dresses are complete with “circular cutting,” a technique that creates a drenched feel. Standout looks include an all-white deconstructed shirt and skirt set, paired with a red see-through headpiece and transparent Tabi shoes.


Rounding off the range are patch-worked lace tops, along with bias-cut satin skirts. Continuing the house’s sustainability initiative dubbed “Recicla,” Galliano and his team crafted these garments with upcycled vintage finds.

 Maison Margiela’s SS21 collection is available at now.