, born in Turkey, and Marcus Piggott
, born in Wales, met in 1994, at a party on a pier in Hastings, England. Piggott asked Alas for a light, the pair got talking, and rapidly discovered they had plenty in common, not least a love of fashion. Three years later, the duo now known as Mert and Marcus
had moved into a derelict loft in East London, converted it into a studio, and had their first collaborative photographic work published in Dazed & Confused
These days, Mert and Marcus shape the global image of such renowned brands as Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Miu Miu, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy
, and Lancôme
, and public figures including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen, Björk, Angelina Jolie
, and Rihanna
. Their photographs encompass a wide range of styles and influences but are renowned particularly for their use of digitized augmentation of images, and a fascination for strong, sexually charged, confident female subjects
: “powerful women, women with a meaning, a you-don’t-have-to-talk-or-move-too-much-to-tell-who-you-are kind of woman.”
Designed in collaboration with Giovanni Bianco
, this Limited Edition
explores the unique vision of a creative partnership that has defined and redefined standards for glamour, fashion, and luxury. Approximately 300 images
from the megawatt Mert and Marcus portfolio are accompanied by an introduction by Charlotte Cotton
.Art Edition of 125 copies (No. 1–125), with the photographic print Lara Stone, Vogue Paris (London, 2010), each numbered and signed on the reverse by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Also available as a separate Art Edition (No. 126–250) with an alternative signed print, and as a signed Collector's Edition (No. 251–1,250).