'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 pret-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 (Sao 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.