If I Were Rich, I Would Buy… Maison Martin Margiela Sleeve Top

I am getting dangerously close to exceeding my Margiela quota on this blog, but since the theme of If I Were Rich is excess, I might as well. I came across this Margiela on AP Shop’s blog and I found it extremely beautiful. Then I took a closer look and realized that it was actually constructed with shirt sleeves, intricately weaved into a top, resembling something almost Grecian-like. 
Its sophistication intrigued me, especially considering the tradition of assemblage among foundation year design students. A few years ago when Project Runway was still good, I remember Tim Gunn mockingly discussing how, no matter what, every foundation year, someone will design something using only discarded ties. Then I thought back to my design school(s) and remembered that, along with the ubiquitous tie garment, there were pieces made out of zippers, pop can tabs, rubber gloves…. Some were hideous and some were intriguing, but none came close to this F/W 2008 Margiela. 
Would I wear it? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want it. Besides, there were only five made. 
$3,500 from Jennifer Kobrin at 1stDibs.com.
  • Nomadic D.

    What an amazing piece!  It somehow brings to mind both armour and undergarments, though I realize it’s just artfully assembled sleeves which are neither.  Simple, but ingenious, which I think sometimes is the best kind of ingenious.


  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    His “couture” pieces, which usually come with a detailed price including the number of hours spent to make the garment, are AMAZING.

  • Violet Boutique

    Amazing piece, amazing colours!

  • Celia

    3500 dollars and you say you will never wear it, have people gone crazy, what waste and decadence, ever heard about africa and world hunger?

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    I’m pretty sure you completely missed the point of my “If I Were Rich” column, where it’s obviously all about decadence. This is a fashion blog, not a place for discussing the world economy. 

  • KittyKat

    I will be FOREVER grateful for pointing the way to 1stDibs.com… sigh. What a feast. Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Celia

    “if I were to choose between a prada bag and world peace, I would choose the former”
    you seem to be this kind of person, anya.

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    My job is to write about fashion. That’s all. 

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    It’s addictive!

  • Captain Sensible

    Hey Celia – thanks for calling out the pricetag and decadance of this all. I’m wondering: how much did that high horse cost that you rode in on? Because all that blog trolling must be worth something.

  • Celia

    is not the price tag, it is because anya said that she won’t even wear it once she buys it,
    what’s the point of spending 3500 dollars on something that you won’t even wear it?

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    Maybe I want it for the same reason I bought the painting hanging on my wall. 

  • Celia

    clothing is for the purpose of wearing it, while a painting is not.
    if you don’t want to wear it, it means that you don’t really love it, if you really love it, you would want to wear it and show it off to the world.

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    You obviously don’t understand fashion or art, so there is no point of arguing with you. 

  • Celia

    it seems that you understand everything about fashion and art by living in an imaginary, non-existant world, out of touch with reality. hope you have a wonderful time there.

  • Jenny

    I agree with celia, there are so many beautiful and wearable clothes out there, we can’t  even afford to buy all those wearable clothes, so why waste $3500 on something that will forever be shut away in the closet.

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    Well, I do have 8 years of education in art and design so, yeah, whatever. 

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    Maybe I want to look at it? You guys are over-analyzing this way too much. 

  • Amy

    Yeah, I think Celia and Jenny are taking this way too seriously. If I Were Rich, I Would Buy column is my favourite exactly because Anya features amazing decadent items. Nothing wrong with a little fantasy — whether one wants to wear it in public, or not, is irrelevant. 

  • Martin Margiela

    Hey Celia.  Sorry I pissed you off so much about making such an unwearable shirt. I’ll try to reign it in to something more practical. I’ll let you know when that happens as soon as I start being more of a utilitarian. Meanwhile I’m just gonna listen to this Yeezy lyric about me on repeat and drone this out. You heard of me, right? Cool.

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  • Jenny

    fashion is to express individual’s identity, well, if you don’t put a piece on your back, how could you use fashion to express your identity? how would the world know of what’s in your closet if you don’t wear it?
    this is verging on the point of insanity.

  • albert

    don’t wear it, darling, hang it on the wall :)

  • Jon

    I was just thinking what a dress woven together from beige stockings in this way would look like, and then I found this.

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    Ooh, that would look cool…