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SAMPLE: 100 fashion designers, 10 curators [Hardcover]

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23 May 2005 Fashion

SAMPLE presents 100 of the most creative fashion and accessory designers who have recently emerged internationally. Selected by 10 of the most respected figures in the field – a mixture of leading designers and stylists, writers and curators – it’s a must-see catwalk in a book

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1st Edition edition (23 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844404
  • Product Dimensions: 32.4 x 5.1 x 39.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'For those who love fashion, SAMPLE is without a doubt the best book in town.' (Harper's Bazaar)

'Part museum exhibition, part encyclopedia […] presents […] talent from fashion capitals to far-flung outposts. Rich, visual layouts combine unseen sketches, illustrations, prints and fabric swatches along with ad campaigns and shows. And if that isn't enough to get this on this season's "must have" list, then the cover, pleated like a white Chanel skirt, complete with belt and pages cut on sharp slanted sections, make this a fashion accessory in its own right' (Guardian)

'SAMPLE should be on every stylish bookshelf.' (Independent Magazine)

'An invaluable reference tool for those in need of style counsel.' (Toro Magazine)

'Definitely more couture than prêt-a-porter…an elegantly overblown presentation, extensively and beautifully illustrated and bound to make you chuck half your clothes out in shame. Form meets function and air kisses.' (Joseph Galliano, Gay Times)

'You can take it with you: SAMPLE, an artfully assembled book of sketches, photographs, swatches and other materials highlighting the work of 100 emerging fashion designers from around the world, is sure to delight clotheshorses everywhere.' (Town and Country)

'A beautfiully presented, visual and insightful book that is to be seen on the most stylish coffee tables…definitive…pages brimming with beautiful visuals.' (International Textiles)

'Part coffee-table book, part future-fashion bible…stunning.' (Independent on Sunday)

'Should be on every stylish bookshelf.'(Independent)

'Addictively flickable…the chicest and glossiest scrapbook that ever existed…highly inspiring' (Time Out)

'Beautiful' (Harpers & Queen)

'Bring the catwalk into your home with Sample…revel in 100 of the most cutting-edge designers…Designers, stylists, photographers: your style bible has landed.' (Metro)

'One accessory any fashionista would be proud to own.' (Hildon)

'Sublimely designed' (Eve)

'Ultra hip.' (AXM)

'The summer’s coolest coffee-table book.' (Telegraph)

'A private catwalk show … sure to broaden your fashion horizons, however clued up you think you are.' (Wallpaper*)

'Simply gorgeous…as covetable as a Lanvin shift…Sample isn’t just another beautifully reproduced coffee table tome filled with fantastical fashion images (although it’s admittedly all that as well) but more of a sculptural object in its own right…positively dazzling…a must-have tome.' (Sunday Herald)

'There are still some things in this often over-marketed and globally-accessible world we devotes call fashion that can cause your heart to flutter. One is the new fashion book from publishers Phaidon…To paraphrase Marilyn Monroe: it shakes you, it quakes you, it makes you go goosepimply all over…excellently edited…Even if you’re not a fashion fiend this book is a must…[Sample] makes it clear that fashion is about so much more than clothes.' (Edwina Ing-Chambers, Financial Times)

'A triumph of design and paper-craft: the cover looks like the solid embodiment of an Issey Miyake dress.' (Prudence Hone, Guardian)

'The book makes for intriguing eye candy.' (Women’s Wear Daily)

'This book focuses on the talents shaping the future of fashion…an eye-catching volume.' (DNR)

'Fashion nuts won’t want to miss a thing. Lush close-ups of New York team Proenza Schouler’s beading-drenched satin bustier dresses fill one page, Belgian Raf Simons’s Loaded images of Arab-esque face coverings the next…some of these designers may end up as mere flashes in the pan; others will be superstars. I smell a series.' (Toronto Globe and Mail)

'An invaluable reference tool for those in need of style counsel.' (Toro (Canada))

'Phaidon Press, no slouch in the special-effects department, has entered the fray with SAMPLE: 100 Fashion Designers, 010 Curators, designed by the doyenne of high-concept book design, Julie Hasting…SAMPLE is a masterpiece of production profligacy.' (Paper Magazine)

'A singularly stunning directory to the world’s most promising up-and-comers… Gorgeous as the spreads are, they can’t compete with the book itself – each copy hand-assembled and intended, with its white pleated cover and asymmetrically layered pages, to be as stunning as any of the creations therein.' (Fashion Quarterly Magazine (Canada))

'Who knew we might have to start a best-dressed list for newly released books? It appears as this one wouldn’t settle for anything less. Fully clad in chic, white pleats, SAMPLE displays itself on the literary catwalk as a hand-assembled, gagged-paged masterpiece with just enough edge, glamour, and sex-appeal to ensure passion and awe for anyone interesting in fashion…Simply said, SAMPLE is fabulous.' (Nylon)

'Beauty and brains are a winning combination. This fall, you can have both — right on top of your coffee table. Curated by 10 style superstars, including Alexander McQueen, SAMPLE (Phaidon) is a glossy encyclopedia of 100 innovative designers.' (7x7 Magazine)

'Like all great fashion, SAMPLE has you at hello. The cover’s ripples and grooves draw you in at first sight, and once you get your hands on it, there’s plenty of depth inside.' (Florida International Magazine)

'Even the cover of this book on innovative fashion design is unique; its white pleated paper is just a taste of the originality to be found within…Lovers of fashion will find much to ponder in this excellent overview of the next age of creators.' (Publishers Weekly)

'I’m obsessed with my latest purchase, an incredible fashion anthology called SAMPLE.'(Monique Meloche, Lucky Magazine)

'Printed on the jagged hand-cut pages, and bound between the artfully pleated white covers, are 1,000 illustrations, displaying the work of 100 often very obscure, often very gifted, and usually astonishingly young designers. By its very nature this compilation accentuates the avant-garde and the over-the-top; there’s a lot of energy and creativity in these pages.' (The Atlantic Monthly)

About the Author

10 Curators

Tim Blanks (London) hosts Fashion File, a magazine-style TV show, which takes an enthusiastic but clear-eyed view of the fashion world.

Patricia Carta (São Paulo) is Managing Director of Carta Editorial, the Brazilian publisher of Vogue, Casa Vogue and Vogue Men.

Ulrich Lehmann (London) is tutor of the post-graduate course in History of Design, run jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Alexander McQueen (London) is one of the most famous and respected international fashion designers.

Arianne Phillips (Los Angeles) works as a costume designer in Los Angeles and collaborates with Madonna, styling her for film, music videos, the theatre and the concert stage.

Harriet Quick (London) is Fashion Editor for British Vogue.

Stephen Todd (Paris) is Editorial Director of fashion and culture publications produced by Editions Dit-Voir, France.

Kyoichi Tsuzuki (Tokyo) is a writer, editor and photographer. In 2003 Paris' Centre National de la Photographie and London's Photographers' Gallery exhibited his portraits of obsessive Japanese consumers.

Walter Van Beirendonck (Antwerp) is a fashion designer and Professor of Fashion at Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Brana Wolf (New York) is Fashion Editor-At-Large for Harper's Bazaar in New York and collaborates as a stylist with Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue.

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5.0 out of 5 stars simply a beautiful book 19 Jan 2006
Defintely worth buying if you are interested in fashion. The cover alone makes the book stand out and feel special then there are the photographs and and the drawings which are interesting as you don't often get to see final sketched drawings. The layout of the book is stunning and the size of the book really shows off the photographs. There is not alot of text but there is enough imformation if you want to find out more about the designers. It is one of the best fashion books i've seen. It's simply a beautiful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 21 Mar 2006
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I bought this book to get some ideas for a project at uni, but its become the dream book, there is inspiration on every page and really good value for money as id seen it on sale for 60 pound in town.
Definatly a must for fashion students, it combines pictures of clothes, to designers collection drawings aswell as illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into the world of modern fashion design 22 Jan 2006
By Jane Burson - Published on
This book is absolutely fabulous, there's no other way to say it. Whether you're looking for a gift for someone who simply loves fashion, or are someone who loves fabric and the art of fabric manipulation (which is generaly called clothing), this tome is an excellent resource for information on up-and-coming fashion and designers. As a textiles & apparel major I find this book to be a great source of inspiration, but the layout, the wealth of large beautiful photos, and the artistic design of the book itself would make it a great coffee table book. The book is also a great bargain on Amazon, I have seen it for sale in several stores for upwards of $90. If I could give it more than five stars I would!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Treasure 24 Jan 2008
By Aleksandra - Published on
I accidentally discovered this book in my college's library and just had to have my own copy! I bought the paperback version and it's a lot more comfortable and manageable than the hardcover (which has various page widths that are hard to turn and looks chopped up), and costs much less too! Some of the designers featured are very bizarre and unpractical but still very inspirational!

The book not only features clothing from international designers from all sorts of various places (including Asia, South America, etc) but it also features jewelry, shoes, accessories, and ...spear designs. Definitely a must have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars decoration 9 Jan 2007
By Julia V. Noronha - Published on
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It presents recent collections from interesting designers from all over the world. It serves as a good introduction to some of them, so afterwards you can get to know each one's collection better. Good reviews, very nice images. And apart from that, a very nice book to use as a decoration for your office. : )
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed by cover 17 Sep 2008
By B. Edwards - Published on
I have seen this book in stores and love it, however when i ordered it it arrived without the beautiful cover its famous for and which i expected from the product description it would have. The content, i presume, is still the same and therefore makes it a great reference book but i was very disappointed it didn't have the beautiful white pleated paper cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 17 Feb 2008
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My Mother in Law said she really liked the book. It was a gift so I didn't actually see it myself.
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