Jenny Meirens passed away
In Italy at the age of 73 years, the co-founder of the Maison Martin Margiela Fashion House, Jenny Meirens, passed away.
The designer was called the right-hand and the main assistant of one of the most mysterious designers of our time — Martin Margel. Jenny Meirens served as a business partner, creative director and also helped in the work on collections.
Jenny Meirens, like Martin Margela, led a solitary lifestyle. The designer rarely gave interviews, refused to shoot and visit shows. Even in the process of working on a new documentary about Martin Margel and his Fashion House «We Margiela». Which will be released this year, Jenny Meirens did not appear. During the shooting of the documentary, only her voice was used.
Earlier this year, Jenny Meirens gave an interview for The New York Times, which was the last in her life. The designer told about her work in Maison Martin Margiela for many years, about the beginning of her career with Martin Margel, the female image and much more.
It was Jenny Meirens who owned the idea of the absence of labels on clothes:
«I was sure that we should not and we could not just accept that someone would see the thing and read Martin Margiela. When people come to the store and see a good thing, but without a name on it, that’s what interests them, then they become curious», – said Jenny Meirens.
About the beginning of work on the brand:
«We with Martin Margel have always and completely been financially and creatively independent. We never had money, but we did not have debts either. We had enough of what we had. And most importantly, we were always interested only in freedom. We always put this at the heart of the matter».
About how Jenny Meirens sees the image of a woman:
«Of course, it’s much easier to do fitting with professional models. But I do not like this idea that women should be perfect. I prefer a woman from the street, free, the one who can express something, show. I prefer a strong woman to a beautiful woman».