Is it possible to unmask one of fashion's most elusive designers? That's the question posed by documentarian Alison Chernick in The Artist Is Absent, a short film focused on the reclusive but brilliant Belgian designer Martin Margiela.
While Chernick focuses mostly on the designer's influence and the impact of his quest for anonymity, she enlists some of the industry's most repected personalities to aid her cause. Fashion journalist Suzy Menkes and designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Raf Simons are just a few of the subjects interviewed in the short feature.
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Known for refusing interviews, avoiding being photographed and masking the faces of his models, this doco promises to delve further into the ethos of a creative genius. "He actually gave me a list of people to interview that he thought would be good," Chernick told NYT's The Cut. "I talked to some of them, I did not get to all of them."
Produced by YOOX, the short feature is screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and will receive a wider release on April 27.
Update: the 12-minute long documentary is now available to view in its entirety. See below for the full feature.