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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

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November 28, 2019 2:56

One night I was scrolling on Netflix trying to find something interesting to watch. Personally, I’m a huge fan of cartoons. Whether is the infamous Rick and Morty or quirky 8 season series Adventure Time, I’m a sucker for a good animated show. She-Ra therefore quickly caught my eye. It is a reboot of the 1980s Filmation cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power with its own spin on it.


She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a Netflix original show produced by Dreamworks Animation. It was developed by cartoonist and animation producer Noelle Stevenson, making yet another dent in the male driven animation production. Shows like Steven Universe and Big Mouth were also developed by female creators and prove that animation does not need to be a male dominated field. She-Ra bases on the main character Adora, who rediscovers herself and her purpose. At first she is devoted to the Horde, an army whose mission is to destroy the Princesses and take over the planet. Now, if you’re thinking, Princesses are girly and childish then this is still the show for you. She-Ra redefines the word Princess. In most cases, Princesses need to be saved and are usually the innocent and cute girl who unintentionally gets herself in a dilemma. Today’s Princess movies like Frozen and Moana have definitely broken those stereotypes by demonstrating the Princess as her own hero. She-Ra shows this same concept. After Adora discovers a sword in the forest, her whole life takes a turn. She meets Glimmer and Bow who help her find her purpose. Later in the series multiple characters are introduced, including a variety of cool Princesses all with powers of their own. Antagonist Catra, who was Adora’s best friend in the Horde, makes it difficult for Adora to find her true self and save the planet from the evil Horde.


I would highly recommend this show. It didn’t take me long to get hooked on at all. I was immediately captivated and could not stop watching the so far four season show. If I had to compare it I would say it is a mix of Steven Universe and Adventure Time. I hope the show gets the attention and recognition that it deserves because honestly, I’m not sure why everyone isn’t already hooked on this show like I am. If you do end up watching the show I would recommend to not watch the title sequence during the first season due to all its character spoilers. So, if you’re interested in cartoon shows with colorful animation and a riveting plot, She-Ra is the show for you. One last side note: everyone can and should watch this show, both girls and boys.

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The employees in the boutiques, in the design studio and in the backstage area at fashion shows wear white lab coats, as was common in the ateliers of the great couturiers, e.g. Christian Dior, and is still common today. The fashion shows for the high-priced fashion sometimes took place in the context of the Paris Prêt-à-porter shows in unconventional locations, up to shabby surroundings (construction site, metro station, dining room of the Salvation Army etc.). The boutiques are kept in plain white and gray. Margiela originally selected unspectacular locations such as a residential area in Tokyo and did not publish the addresses of the boutiques in order to require the customer to make an effort to find the store at all. The first Margiela store opened in Tokyo in 2000 and the first European boutique was inaugurated in Brussels in 2002. In 2008, a boutique opened in a basement on the edge of Munich's Maximilianstrasse. This was followed by participation in numerous exhibitions, including "Radical Fashion", which was shown in 2001 at the V&A Museum in London. In 2010 there were 36 own stores worldwide.  In 2015 there were over 50 stores worldwide, including boutiques, that only carry the MM6 collection.

The company followed a very restrictive communication policy. The designer can neither be photographed nor interviewed. Only his creations should speak for themselves and the designs should be perceived as the overall performance of the team. That's why the team always shows up in white doctor's coats after the fashion shows - nobody should stand out.

By recycling old fashion, separating, recoloring, reversing seams and zippers, both the origin and the artificial of the art of tailoring are shown. Margiela puts together what doesn't belong together: by hand, jeans turn into skirts, old army socks become pullovers. Baptized by the press as deconstructivism, this current is defined by an abrupt collision of different materials, which at first glance appear inharmonic in the sense of conventional viewing habits. Margiela herself rejects the term "deconstructivism". He resurrected clothes in a new form, he told ELLE in 1991.

Margiela was the unofficial 7th member of "Antwerp 6", a generation of fashion designers who all completed their training at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1980-1981 and shaped the "style of the Belgians". However, it does not belong to the actual group, but it became known in a similar period.

The Japanese "Street Magazine" dedicated two special editions to "Maison Martin Margiela", which were published in book form in 1999. Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga) is a big fan of Maison Martin Margiela.

In July 2014, fashion critic Suzy Menkes exposed Matthieu Blazy via Instagram as Head of Design, after which he deleted his Instagram account and changed his profile in a career network. He left the company on October 1, 2014.

To this day, Margiela pieces, especially in the fashion industry and all fashion lovers, belong to the sanctuaries in every repertoire and archive. Getting vintage pieces from other designers may be possible, but Maison Martin Marginal Archives are a real hunt and that says it all about this art.

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