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SS03 Hermès “Cheval Surprise” Splatter Print Denim Vest

SS03 Hermès “Cheval Surprise” Splatter Print Denim Vest


Measurements & Condition


Chest - 16.75 in / 42.5 cm

Length - 21 in / 53.3 cm

Shoulders - 15 in / 38.1 cm

Hem - 16 in / 40.6 cm


Condition 8/10

  • SS2003 Hermès by Maison Margiela “Cheval Surprise” Splatter Print Vest


    Margiela’s time at Hèrmes is often overlooked when sifting through the archives of fashion. Margiela known for his disruption and pervasive question, he toned back his obtuse persona for the first time at Hermès. Through timeless silhouettes and tentative quality control, the artist chose to deconstruct the elements of luxury rather than the garments themselves. From 1997 until 2003, the designer opposed the general perception of “Margiela” and focused on evolution rather than revolution. Martin Margiela understood his audience and catered to such, making clothing for the wearer, not those onlooking. Margiela didn’t reinvent the Birkin bag, nor the Kelly, but instead was aware of his boundaries and refined them. He embraced his inner love for tailoring and lavish textiles, making room for innovation in a saturated niche. Although the press didn’t understand his deliberate intention, his consumer basis did, and the brand flourished.


    Deriving from Margiela’s final year at Hermès, the splatter print vest is a great representation of his ideology at the maison. The garment blends a silk-denim textile with the signature orange hue in a full print medium. The fabric chique and robust, elegance meets quality with metallic buttoned accents and beautiful sewing lines as well. The item demonstrates peak tailoring and slightly affluent design work, harmonizing Margiela’s abstract thinking with Hermès’ chique persona. Tagged as a size extra small, this piece fits a small and is in pristine condition throughout. This is the opportunity to purchase a piece of lost work, the Spring Summer 2003 Hermès by Maison Margiela “Cheval Surprise” Splatter Print Vest.

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