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A Magazine Curated By Maison Martin Margiela (2004)
Limited Edition Reprint (2021)
On the occasion of our 20th anniversary, A Magazine presents a limited-edition reprint of
A Magazine Curated By Maison Martin Margiela. Originally released in 2004, this project can be traced back to the Belgian origins of A Magazine, which was founded in Antwerp by Walter Van Beirendonck in 2001.
After the magazines N°A, N°B, N°C, N°D and N°E, A Magazine Curated By Maison Martin Margiela was the first ever issue to bear the ‘Curated By’ title, and is a testament to this core concept thanks to Martin Margiela’s insightful mix of collaborators and projects that unveils many key names working quietly behind-the-scenes as parts of his anonymous fashion collective. Though not a single contribution bears his name, every page is imbued with the essence of the Maison, with written recounts via fax and photocopy as well as photographic and artistic projects by permanent staff members, trainees, assistants, models, artists, photographers, musicians, set designers and filmmakers.
Nearly two decades after its original release, the issue remains a bold statement that acknowledges the season-less, timeless nature of A Magazine. As a cult and collectible object in the realm of printed matter, it is a testament to the ongoing relevance of the founding ideals of the Maison Martin Margiela: from the deconstruction of garment-making and the disruption of classical ideals in photography, to such phenomena as street casting, unconventional beauty, subversive communication, and a Dadaist approach to the very concept of fashion and object design.
The 2021 edition is an identical reprint of the original magazine with matched paper stock and cover treatments, with all original content preserved.
Limited Edition Charity Prints
supporting Sea Watch & RIACE
Accompanying the issue, a selection of 6 archival images from Mark Borthwick, Anders Edström, Marina Faust, Jonathan Hallam, Ola Rindal and Ronald Stoops have been issued as 240 x 180mm unsigned prints.
A charitable donation to Sea Watch and RIACE France has been made in their name, reflecting the commitment of A Publisher to the cause of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, and their integration into the European community.
Each copy contains a single print placed at random – in the spirit of the Maison Martin Margiela.
SELECTED CONTRIBUTORS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Åbäke, Ali Mahdavi, BLESS, Bob Verhelst, Claudia Riedel, David Ballu,Dorothee Perret, Elisabeth Broekaert, Eric Traoré, Frank Pay, Gerdi Esch, Hilde Bouchez, Hilde Decock,Inge Grognard, Jacques Habbah, Jane Birkin, Jonathan Hallam, Julian House, Kanako B. Koga, Katerina Jebb, Kristina De Coninck, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Laurence Passera, Laurent Mercier, Lutz Huelle, Marina Faust, Mark Borthwick, Nigel Bennett, Nigel Scott, Ola Rindal, Patrick Scallon, Paul Boudens, Paul Helbers, Peter Pilotto, Pierre Gayte, Ronald Stoops, Roxane Danset, Sébastien Meunier, Sherald Lamden, Tetsuya Kitayama, Violeta Sanchez, Yung
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