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BAM

BAM BAM BAM BAM!!!! FOUR ISSUES
OF THE SEISMICALLY CHARGED SUPERMAGAZINE THAT WAS BORN
OUT OF BELGIUM'S OWN FREAK
FASHION TALENT FUSION, THE
ANTWERP SIX. BEWARE THE ART DIRECTION! THIS EMAIL IS ON A
COLOUR COLLISION COURSE. IF YOU SUFFER FROM MIGRAINE, EPILEPSY,
OR ARE JUST A BIT BORING, LOOK
AWAY NOW.

Summer '89. De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising on the stereo and the cover of BAM no.2 coming at you with 3-D specs on. Real detachable glasses that render the cover even more visually volatile! On the arm, the acronym explained: Better And More! And we have more - no's 1-4! How rare?!

Wow! Walter Van Beirendonck's King Kong Kooks collection of 1989 was out of this wall! As designer or stylist WVB was all over BAM . Only the art director Anne Kurris could compete with him for sheer visual firepower.

Two of our favourite stories now. First Gangs styled by WVB from BAM no.1. These are fantasy gangs, which include Dirk Van Saene's Silk Dolls and Dirk Bikkemberg's Darlings of Darkness (as shown above)! No wonder BAM is so revered and so hard to find. It was completely brilliant.

In 1981/82 Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, Marina Yee AND Walter Van Beirendonck all graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. By 1989, Belgian fashion had gone ballistic (see pic above!). It was a scene that needed a magazine.

BAM no.3 of Summer '90. Deee-lite on the stereo and a cover that looks like a tropical cocktail. Google image ' sex on the beach' if you haven't had one in a while - they look almost as good as this magazine!

What no colour! In fact not even white - the model is wearing a transparent plastic overdress. It is the Martin Margiela spread from a story called Auditions photographed by Ronald Stoops and styled by Dirk Van Saene. Be quick if you want these issues: they are going to disappear.

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