Maison Margiela is one of the rare labels in fashion that has achieved both massive commercial success and enduring cultural relevancy, earning the reputation as one of the most secretive organizations in the industry. This is the direct legacy of its namesake founder who notoriously rejected the limelight, Martin Margiela. To this day, most outsiders do not even know what the designer looks like. Since his departure from the label in 2009, Margiela's legacy lives on through Maison Margiela's design approach, marketing techniques and brand philosophy.

We can really only scratch the surface of a label with as massive an influence as Maison Margiela so this should be considered a primer on some of the key aspects that define the ethos and history of the house, shedding light on the culture and history of the legendary maison.