FUN FACT FRIDAY / 02
in this day and age of the selfie it’s almost impossible to imagine that you could be rich, famous and successful and NOT have a picture of yourself on the internet. and yet there are the illusive few that manage to do it, and we’re not sure quite how. in this edition of fun fact friday let us tell you about two designers that have notoriously kept their faces out of the papers and off of the world wide web.
the name harry winston might ring a bell, the infamous jeweler is mentioned by name in the song “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe after all. many, many a celebrity have been photographed adorned in HW jewels over the years. but try searching “photographs of harry winston” in google and all you are going to get is one single black and white pic of a dapper older gentleman and this photo of his hand. in addition to owning some of the world’s most desirable gemstones apparently Mr. Winston liked to keep valuable jewels in his pockets, so in 1960 as a matter of security he stopped allowing himself to be photographed. the one time owner of the Hope Diamond (which he later donated to the Smithsonian) preferred to be recognized for his exquisite gems and settings rather than his street style.
we’ve all heard the expression “it’s nice to put a name with a face” but good luck with that when referring to Martin Margiela. this big time belgian fashion designer has been rapped about by Kanye (“is that jacket Margiela?”) yet there is a single photo of him on the internet that has only surfaced in more recent years. to be unrecognizable seems to be an overarching theme associated with Margiela. many MM designs feature faceless models, their identities wrapped up in jewels and flowers. and like his clothes Martin takes his reclusiveness to the next level. he has barely ever granted an interview and all of his correspondence is conducted via fax machine. he is so hard to find that some have hypothesized that he is a fictional character and the work of Martin Margiela is actually that of several anonymous designers.
so this weekend when find yourself posting a selfie or tagging all your friends on Instagram just take a second to imagine the life of these two fellows. how it could even be possible in this digital era to be so well known and yet so unidentifiable and the mystery of it all.
also see past fun fact fridays:
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