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“It’s a kind of voyeurism meets tourism, and it’s a thrilling journey to make.”
(Condé Nast Traveler)

“Better than fashion: Photographer Todd Selby travels around the globe, opening the door on fashion’s craziest characters.”
(Paper)

“Snap-happy Orange County–born photographer Todd Selby points his lens at the fashion industry in his latest coffee table tome, unearthing the creative processes of designers and their inspiring environs.”
(C Magazine)

“An energy-packed, vibrant tome brimming with eccentricity, color, beauty, patterns, movement and whimsy, Fashionable Selby will draw you in and keep you flipping page after page. From intimate portraits of Dries Van Noten selecting fabrics, to images of Nicola Formichetti in his organized-by-theme closet and pages of Isabel Marant’s swatches and sketches, one of the original interiors bloggers is back with a page-turner.”
(HarpersBazaar.com)

“Todd Selby’s new book is the coolest of the cool.”
(Cosmopolitan)

“From designers to stylists to models and shoemakers, Selby once again traveled the world to bring some of the industry’s eccentrics and unsung heroes to the forefront, as well as to give die-hard fashion fans a peek into the workshops of their idols.”
(Fashionista.com)

Those with an interest in the working lives of these creatives will have much to learn from the book.”
(The Last Magazine)

“Todd Selby goes behind the fashion curtain: In his third book, photographer Todd Selby explores the private spaces where the fashion folk work their magic.”
(The Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

Todd Selby is an interiors, fashion, and portrait photographer and illustrator. His photographs can regularly be seen in Vogue, British Vogue, Le Monde’s M Magazine, D Magazine, and more. He lives in Brooklyn. Simon Doonan is creative ambassador for Barneys New York and the author of The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences . . . and hysteria. He lives in New York City with his husband, Jonathan Adler, and Liberace, their Norwich terrier.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419708619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708619
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By British TV fan on April 13, 2014
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Only a few pages really caught my eye in Fashionable Selby, which I found overall pretty disappointing, much to my surprise given all the extremely positive reviews. The designers and other artisans featured in the book are undoubtedly more interesting than they appear here. The book's presentation of them keeps the details of their work mostly shrouded. For each designer/artisan, we are shown only a few cluttered, murky, hyper-saturated photographs. In the few cases where I found an image visually interesting, I wished the book would give some information about what I was looking at, but none of the images is accompanied by captions or explanations. Each set of images *is* accompanied, however, by a fake-spontaneous, Pollyanna-toned, nearly illegible handwritten/sketched exchange between (presumably) Selby and the artist. These tend to convey a pretentious, "insider"-y attitude that ultimately comes off as empty.

The table of contents, which is done in freehand illustration style, also takes the book's eclectic, hyper-busy M.O. to the point where it is very difficult to read.

Overall, the book takes its jumbled, bohemian, quirky aesthetic--which normally I would really quite like--to such an extreme that it becomes nearly illegible and therefore alienating. It's as if Selby wants to tantalize but ultimately exclude readers, consigning them to remain "outsiders" who can never really glimpse the arcane, esoteric worlds he (just barely) represents. This is probably the point, actually--to remind us of the exclusivity of the fashion world by excluding us even at the level of looking and reading. If the book's aim is to convey the fashion world as a world shrouded in mystery, in this it admirably suceeds. It just doesn't inspire the requisite awe in me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Shock on March 18, 2014
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I was apprehensive at first with this book but once I picked it up I wasn't let down and I keep referring to it.
Its great to see people from all over the world profiled in such a creative and exploratory way. The photography seamlessly bonds in a very sensitive way both subject and creator. Exploring both person , home, studio and work I have found this book to be my favourite this year without a doubt. I love the personal approach to descriptions and interviews. This for me is fascinating and gels completely what the book is about. The book is a great visual feast. Excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Licklider on March 18, 2014
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There's a reason Hipster Nation sees the world through the lens of Todd Selby. Every movement has its champion, and Todd clearly sets the pace for we who appreciate the cool and quirky. I have all of his books and thumb them when my creative juices begin to run dry. This is a book for anyone curious about what's happening on the streets of Hipsterdome. Or for someone who needs to hippen up their Gen X game. Rock on Selby!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By backyard on March 18, 2014
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Best Selby Book so far, full of inspiration
Must for fashionistas everywhere,great job great boo, thanks Mr Selby your awesomo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Steiner III on March 25, 2014
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As an artist, it's difficult to read even a few pages of this book without getting new ideas about what I might want to make next. If you're looking for insight into what fuels the fashion industry's creative engine, this book delivers. See directly into the living and work spaces of fashion's biggest names and it's up-and-comers. Read Todd's quirky interview questions and his subjects' inventive responses. The book's lavish production, prodigious size and aesthetic punch make it a great bargain. I highly recommend it to those on the Fashion World's creative side and anyone else who wants to see visual ingenuity in utero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sabas on March 18, 2014
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As a professional fashion journalist, I expected to meet the usual suspects. High end designers and bankable fashion houses. Well, some of them are here, or course. But the most spectacular here is the roster of under the radar designers, adorable mavericks, amazingly talented, hard-working artists the Selby has enrolled. It made me feel like jumping on planes immediately to go and meet them all over the world. Although I already get the feeling that they are all my BFFs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AskElle. on March 18, 2014
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For those who dream in color, this is the book for you. The Selby once again takes us on an adventure of color, beautiful imagery and a very exciting tour! In his usual Selby Fashion, this book keeps you wanting more and more there is. His subjects are so inviting and their places are just dreamy and romantic. Thank you Selby for sharing another brilliant and oh so Fashionable book! Your energy shines in this one. Love it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Sirota on March 18, 2014
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homes...food...and now fashion...the trifecta of life..i've found each book to provide a different perspective into people's lives. fashion ... something so close and personal ... really brings these people to life. and the fact that he travels the world to do it all brings a fascinating multicultural emphasis to it.

what's left?

i think family and marriage ... Lovable Selby?
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