Rotterdam: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1997. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's white cloth, printed title label to upper board.
Exhibition catalog for notoriously reclusive Belgian fashion designer Margiela's caustic first solo show (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, June 11 - August 17, 1997), in which a garment from each of his 18 collections up to that point was treated with bacteria from yeast and mold to achieve a variety of coloring and texturing effects, with disintegration the end-result by the conclusion of the show's run. The catalog is in three tabbed sections, featuring a) photos of each garment exhibited, b) line drawings and detailed notes on the same, and c) a treatise on microbiology by Dutch agriculturalist Ad van Egeraat, who collaborated with Margiela in preparing the exhibition. The subtitle – (9/4/1615) – refers to how long Maison Martin Margiela had been in existence at the time of the show: nine years, four days and 1615 hours. Illustrated throughout with full and double-page color and black-and-white photos, diagrams and reproductions. Text in English (translated from the Dutch by Ruth Koenig). Light edgewear, some soiling to cloth. A near fine copy of a rare and unusual catalog, marrying fashion and science. Item #615