November 17th, 2009
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Maison Martin Margiela, the eponymous label launched by the notoriously private Margiela.
The Belgian designer has continuously eschewed the spotlight, preferring to let his deconstructed, quirky and often, provocative (think those infamous tabi split-toe booties) designs speak for themselves.
But his career is now literally an open book with Maison Martin Margiela ($77). The 368-page tome includes hundreds of rare and unseen images pulled from the archives with a forward by Jean Paul Gaultier, with whom Margiela first worked after graduating from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
And since Diesel purchased the house in 2002, there’s been plenty of talk about a possible Margiela exit, meaning this book could also very well be a retrospective of sorts.