Yoox Group has produced a documentary on the designer Martin Margiela which is among the front-runners in the Narrative/Documentary category at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Called “The Artist is Absent,” the documentary, which was filmed by American writer and director Alison Chernick, explores the creative path of the Belgian designer, one of the most mysterious personalities in the fashion industry. But while Margiela collaborated with Chernick on the project, he remains ever-elusive: the designer doesn’t appear in the documentary.
Instead, the film includes interviews with designers such as Raf Simons and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

“Thanks to Yoox Group, millions of people in the world will have the chance to know the creativity and genius of Martin Margiela, one of the most innovative personalities of the last century,” Chernick said. “I’m proud to have collaborated with Yoox Group, which produced the documentary and made this nomination possible.”

The documentary’s trailer was launched on the Yoox Group’s Web sites, — yoox.com, thecorner.com and shoescribe.com, — on Monday, while the full version will be available online from April 27, after the Tribeca Film Festival’s awards ceremony.