called "fashion's invisible superstar" by the uk's independent, elusive and transgressive belgian designer martin margiela continues to influence an entire generation. twenty years of his work is presented in this exhibition catalogue, which explores his fashion house's collections and events, interior designs of their boutiques and offices, and their graphics. according to designer alexander mcqueen, margiela's clothes are "special because of the attention to detail. he thinks about everything, the cuff of a jacket, the construction of an armhole, the height of a shoulder . . . it's very much about cut, proportion and shape, the simplicity of it, the pared down-ness of it. his clothes are modern classics." sophia kokosalaki is also a serious admirer: "the way he designs is so clever, so human . . . he has invented a whole new vocabulary, a vocabulary of construction. martin margiela changed the way we make clothes." since his early designing days in the late 80s, margiela has not had his photo taken or participated in an interview for a single publication. it is through his work that the world knows him. this book is a comprehensive and ravishing examination of his vision.