june 11 1997

Detail of the installation for the retrospective ‘La Maison Martin Margiela (9/4/1612)’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 11 June — 17 August, 1997. 

Martin Margiela has already taken part in various exhibitions on contemporary fashion. His first solo exhibition was held in the Summer of 1997 in the Rotterdam Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. It was a retrospective of his work, La Maison Martin MArgiela (9/4/1615). Eighteen dummies with Margiela creations, one silhouette from each collection, were arranged outside the Henket pavilion. The visitor stood on the inside and looked out: the opposite of window-shopping. 

The clothes had been treated with selected bacteria and moulds for four days. They had been stored in appropriate surroundings to enable the organisms to feed and multiply. Splendid discolorations were the result. The moulds, the discolorations and the wind brought the silhouettes to life. It was an extremely dramatic picture: the poetry of decay. 

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is an American clothing designer best known for his sportswear line, Polo Ralph Lauren, which is the centerpiece of his fashion empire.
Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York City, on October 14, 1939. His parents were Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants from Belarus. At the age of 16, Ralph and his brother Jerry changed their last name to Lauren, having been teased consistently at school. Another brother, Lenny, retained the family name.
In 1967, Lauren began designing men’s neckties, branding them under the name “Polo” and selling them at large department stores, including Bloomingdale’s. Lauren then expanded his designs to a full menswear line.
In 1970, Lauren was awarded the Coty Award for his menswear designs. Following this recognition, he released a line of women’s suits tailored in a classic men’s style. In 1972, Lauren released a short-sleeve cotton shirt in 24 colors. This design, emblazoned with the Polo logo, became the brand’s signature look. Lauren subsequently broadened his brand to include a luxury clothing line called Ralph Lauren Purple, a home-furnishing collection called Ralph Lauren Home, and a collection of fragrances. Polo currently produces clothing for men, women and children. Lauren has also designed Olympic uniforms for Team USA.
Polo expanded rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s, opening boutiques across the United States and abroad. In 1984, Lauren opened the flagship store in New York’s Rhinelander Mansion. The company went public on June 11, 1997, traded under the symbol RL.
The success of Polo has earned Lauren a personal fortune estimated at $6.5 billion. This figure, if accurate, would make Lauren the 122nd richest person in the world.

Detail of the installation for the retrospective ‘La Maison Martin Margiela (9/4/1612)’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 11 June — 17 August, 1997. 

Martin Margiela has already taken part in various exhibitions on contemporary fashion. His first solo exhibition was held in the Summer of 1997 in the Rotterdam Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. It was a retrospective of his work, La Maison Martin MArgiela (9/4/1615). Eighteen dummies with Margiela creations, one silhouette from each collection, were arranged outside the Henket pavilion. The visitor stood on the inside and looked out: the opposite of window-shopping. 

The clothes had been treated with selected bacteria and moulds for four days. They had been stored in appropriate surroundings to enable the organisms to feed and multiply. Splendid discolorations were the result. The moulds, the discolorations and the wind brought the silhouettes to life. It was an extremely dramatic picture: the poetry of decay.