Maison Martin Margiela Spring 1999 show

In October 2018, Martin Margiela was honored with the Belgian Fashion Awards’ Jury Prize. In a statement, he described why he had left his brand: “I felt that I could not cope anymore with the worldwide increasing pressure and the overgrowing demands of trade. I also regretted the overdose of information carried by social media, destroying the ‘thrill of wait’ and cancelling every effect of surprise, which was so fundamental for me.”