“You can say that designing is quite easy; the difficulty lies in finding a new way to explore beauty.”
I’ve been wanting 100 contemporary fashion designers book for a very long time and finally it’s mine. The 7kg special edition arrived last week and made me feel very happy and inspired, indeed.
“Be true to what you believe in and follow your passions.”
The book itself is gorgeous and consists of two volumes nesting inside a beautiful folder. Written by Terry Jones, the founder and creative director of i-D magazine, it is packed with probably the most comprehensive and detailed list and information about designers who are making history of the 21st century fashion from Alaia, Armani and Ackermann to Alexander Wang, Yamamoto and Dries Van Noten.
“There is nothing more attractive than a woman who values her uniqueness.”
Each chapter includes a one-page bio in English, German and French that covers the designer and the brand, followed by an interview that opens a window into the designer’s mind, philosophy and inspirations and becomes sort of a story itself. We also get a chance to see stunning editorial images and a few outfits from fashion shows.
“Beauty is something coming from the inside; it is a reflection of personality.”
I was particularly happy (and had a lump of tears in my throat at the same time) to see pages dedicated to Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.
“I am here to make people dream, to seduce them into buying beautiful clothes and to strive to make amazing clothing to the best of my ability. That is my duty.”
This really is a must-have book for anyone who loves fashion and want to learn more about the designers whose names are currently on the lips of many fashionistas and pages of fashion magazines and yet their stories are still very minimalistic compared to the fashion classics of Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
A real pleasure to browse and read, and a treasure to own.
“I believe in style, not fashion.”
Available on Amazon
All quotes are taken from the book, photographs and quotes may not belong to the same designer
Photo source: cover photo via Taschen, other photographs of the book pages are taken by me