Book cover of the exhibition "Margiela, les années Hermès" at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The left side of the image shows white boxes representing Maison Martin Margiela and the right side shows orange boxes representing Hermès.

Margiela, the Hermès years crowned as the most beautiful fashion book of 2018

The book published alongside the exhibition "Margiela, the Hermès years" which sold more than 13,000 copies, has been awarded with the Le Grand Prix du Livre de Mode 2018.

The most beautiful fashion books are awarded every year in Lyon, France. The selected works were published in 2017 and cover various aspects of fashion: creation, sociology, marketing and communication, history, and accessories. The prize was awarded on March 20th, 2018.

  • Excerpt from the "Margiela, the Hermès years" book. On the left a black fitted jacket with narrow shoulder line from Maison Martin Margiela. On the left a detachable fleece in camel hair and vareuse jacket by Margiela for Hermès
    Excerpt from "Margiela, the Hermès years" book
    Image left: Ronald Stoops | image right: Marina Faust
  • Excerpt from the "Margiela, the Hermès years" book. On the left a catwalk image of a woman dressed in a vareuse shirt, silk T-shirt and wool trousers by Hermès. On the right two models walking down the runway in oversized shirts and bodysuits
    Excerpt from the "Margiela, the Hermès years" book
    Image left: Studio des Fleurs | Image right: Etienne Tordoir
  • Excerpt from the "Margiela, the Hermès years" book. On the left page an image of a model in a high-neck pullover in cashmere with long gloves by Hermès. On the right page a short text by Kaat Debo, director of MoMu.
    Excerpt from the "Margiela, the Hermès years" book
    Photo: John Midgley

"Margiela, the Hermès years" focuses on 20th and 21st century fashion, and features interviews and essays by Margiela's close collaborators, including Rebecca Arnold, Kaat Debo, Vincent Wierink and Sarah Mower. Noted fashion critic Suzy Menkes wrote the introduction.

The book also presents never before published archive material from Maison Martin Margiela, as well as numerous images from Le Monde d'Hermès, and photographs telling the story of Margiela's ultimate wardrobe for Hermès.

In the newest edition of the book, a foreword by Olivier Gabet and an essay by Ina Delcourt were added, as well as the epynomous exhibition in Antwerp in 2017.