Rizzoli USA recently published The Colors of Sies Marjan, a colorful, comprehensive volume documenting the short-lived but highly influential work of Sander Lak’s beloved and now cult fashion brand, Sies Marjan. Go to Rizzoli’s bookstore in NYC on January 18 at 6 PM to hear Sander discuss this book and his work!
Rizzoli presents Sander Lak in conversation about his highly influential, beloved, and now cult fashion brand, Sies Marjan. Preorder the book here.
Known for its evocative use of color, proportion, and subversive fabrication, the New York-based fashion house Sies Marjan, founded in 2016 by Dutch creative director Sander Lak, had a brief but influential life. Although it shut its doors in 2020, Sies Marjan made a permanent mark on the fashion scene. Pieces were characterized by luxurious construction, the signature use of shining, jewel-toned hues, and effortlessly cool appeal–the house’s pastel coats, thrown over T-shirts, are still regularly seen in downtown New York. Since its founding, Sies Marjan has garnered a devoted fan base and praise from notable critics, celebrities, and fans alike in a city known for its endless affection for a darker palette. Rejecting the chronologies and seasonality of the typical fashion compendium, this exhaustive, richly illustrated volume is organized purely by color. The trajectory through the color spectrum traces the journey through the blazing life of the brand. Images featured within range from previously unpublished looks from iconic runway shows, and ad campaigns to found objects that reveal the inspiration behind the creation of these luxurious, chromatic garments. The flow of color is punctuated by a number of interviews and reflections from Marc Jacobs, Donna Tartt, Isabella Rossellini, Rem Koolhaas, Hanya Yanagihara, and others.
Sander Lak is a Creative Director and fashion designer known for his ethereal subversions of proportion and material brought to life through color. Born in Brunei and raised in his native Holland, Lak was educated at ArtEZ in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he graduated with a Masters Degree in 2008. He worked for Philip Lim and Balmain (under Christophe Decarnin) and spent five years designing the mens and womens collections at Dries Van Noten before starting his own label Sies Marjan in 2016 in New York City.
Elizabeth Peyton is an American artist whose work has been featured in the National Portrait Gallery, the Whitney Museum, The New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.