Like any true artistic master, Martin Margiela understood the ins and outs of tailoring, having studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Antwerp. That knowledge proved crucial in his mission to question and expose the written and unwritten rules of fashion, in both conceptual and technical ways. Deconstruction, as this mechanism is named, references the production process of a garment. Margiela highlighted this process by creating pieces that externalised seams and linings, or that referenced the materials of a dressmaker’s dummy. Most famously, a Maison Margiela item can be recognised by the four white stitches at the back of garments, indicating the placement of the label inside.