Margiela~Martin – ‘La Maison Martin Margiela 09/04/1615’*


Author: Martin Margiela, Microorganisms / by A.W.S.M. van Egeraat
Publisher: Museum Boijmans van BeuningenN
Year: 1997
ISBN-10: 9069181800

Hardcover, English, 154 pp, 22 cm, Rare
Color photographs. White boards with frayed edges as issued, printed paper label on front cover. Scarce exhibition catalogue of the first solo show of Maison Martin Margiela, held 11 June to 17 August 1997. The show was as provocative as the designer: each of the 18 pieces he had created to that point were treated with yeast and mold to manipulate the colors and textures of the fabric. They were nearly disintegrated by the end of the show. The book is divided into tabbed sections, the first being color photographs; the second line drawings of the pieces with textual descriptions; the third a text on microbiology by Dutch agriculturalist Ad van Egeraat, Margiela's collaborator and co-conspirator for the exhibition. 
Condition: A very good copy with a few stains on front cover, internally clean and unblemished.
Graduating from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the 1980s, Martin Margiela (and his contemporaries in the Antwerp Six) transformed global fashion with his aggressive restatement of traditional fashion design and a polemical approach to luxury trends. Working first with the house of Gaultier, Margiela absorbed the radical design of Japanese deconstruction, making it wholly his own with the founding of his own label in 1988. Margiela propounds a singular, enigmatic look, moving beyond the recognizable tropes of deconstruction—a monochromatic palette, outsized garments, non-traditional fabrics, exposed seams, or roughly appliquéd details—to develop a fully considered worldview, one with elegance, mystery, and menace in equal measure. This book provides an inside look at the design process from a craftsman who creates pieces prized for their originality, delicacy, and daring. In the spirit of Margiela’s garments, the book is a work of art in itself, designed exclusively by Margiela and complete with silver inks, ribbon markers, a variety of lush paper types, twelve booklets, and an embroidered white-linen cover. This book provides a window onto the intimate, handmade world of a unique designer

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