Margiela made use of a visual art technique known as troupe l’oeil, translated as trick of the eye, to make viewers perceive the garment to be more than it is. Continuing his house’s theme of the use of vintage garments, Margiela took various garments of which he derived inspiration from, and quite literally just screen printed the vintage garments onto his current pieces. This could be perceived as a case of tasteless plagiarism however Margiela intended this in order to convey the nature of copying in fashion. Margiela’s use of screen printing not only showed the mimicry within the fashion industry, but also conveyed a theme of how garments of the past can come a new due to technology.
Martin Margiela 'troupe l’oeil' S/S 199