Paris: Éditions Cassini, 1996. 1st Edition. 2 vols., folio, publisher's stiff paper wraps printed in black-and-white, loose in signatures.
Thirteenth issue of the French cult fashion magazine Egoïste. This double-issue includes interviews with actress Uma Thurman by Diane von Fürstenberg, author Salman Rushdie and political activist and theater critic Jan Kott, novelist Marguerite Duras, and stage actor Charles Laughton; photographs by Richard Avedon, Amy Arbus and Max Vadukul, and notable advertisements for Jil Sander and Calvin Klein. The magazine is the brainchild of Nicole Wisniak, who founded the magazine when she was 26 in 1977 with an investment of $1,500 from her parents. Egoïste has remained essentially a one-woman production that Wisniak only publishes when "it's ready"; in an interview with the Guardian she said "It's not speaking about next week's movie or next week's book. It's about lasting. It's like a bet to see who will still be interesting in 10 years." The magazine has enjoyed such a celebrated status within its industry that fashion houses do not pay to have existing advertisements included in its pages, but pay to have Wisniak conceptualize and create in-house adverts. The ads are often narrative-driven and depict mini-vignettes, blurring the line between advertising and editorial. Only 18 issues have been released over the course of the magazine's tenure. Wisniak famously works from a Marie Antoinette-style bed in her apartment in Paris's 6th Arrondissement. Loose in signatures, illustrated with gorgeous black-and-white photos throughout. Lightest toning to wraps, small abrasion to upper wrap of tome I from price sticker removal. Very nearly fine. Item #2656