Photographer Todd Selby’s third and newest book is The Fashionable Selby, in which he scouts out creative minds and captures them in their working environments. Here, Brooklyn-based knitwear designer Lindsay Degan.

Selby traveled the world for three years to complete the book. Here, the studio of Japanese headpiece artist Katsuya Kamo.

Color-coded swatches line the walls in the studio of Diesel's artistic director, Nicola Formichetti.

Audrey Louise Reynolds is a Brooklyn artisan who has dyed clothing for Nike. Because she works with all organic dyes, her workspace is usually at the lake, floral shop, or in her backyard.

Ambika Conroy, at her sustainable rabbit farm in upstate New York where she creates angora fur goods.

Virginia Bates luxe London vintage store was outfitted like an old French boudoir (her boutique closed late in 2013, after Selby's visit).

Many of the photos hint at what gets creative minds working. Eccentric jewelry designer Andrew Logan, for instance, works amid an array of colors and trinkets.

Textile designer Natalie Gibson works on some dyes.

British designer Fred Butler's work is often graphic and sculptural; here, his studio is decorated with bright colors drawn in angular sharp lines.

Christian Astuguevieille has worn many hats. Now, he's the nose behind scents made by the Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons. Notice the many vials to the left of his desk.

The punky Bas Kosters clothing studio.

Iris van Herpen's mood board in her Amsterdam office is filled with feathers and skeletal structures that likely help her imagine her 3-D printed dresses.

One of Van Herpen's stunning garments

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Belgian designer Dries van Noten is one of fashion's most elite players. His studio is tidier than most.

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See The Workspaces Of 14 Leading Creative Minds

Todd Selby’s third and latest book shows us where top fashion designers—including Iris Van Herpen, Dries van Noten, and Nicola Formichetti—go to work.

“With fashion, people often associate it with marketing, and they forget the other side of it, which is the creators,” says Todd Selby, a photographer and writer who’s spent the past three years interviewing fashion designers. “Fashion is filled with so many passionate people that have a really unique vision and their own take on creativity.”

That flood of creativity is the subject of Selby’s third and newest book The Fashionable Selby. As in his previous books The Selby is in Your Place and Edible Selby, Selby scouts out wildly creative minds and photographs them in their work environments. He also has them fill out by hand his own (also hand-written) Q&As, making the books feel like scrapbooks about the creative process.

After covering culinary creators in Edible Selby, he decided to pay homage to his connections in the fashion industry. (Selby has been doing what he does for six years—and has been posting his images online—so he already had a vast network of subjects to feature, starting with a couple designers who do window work for LMVH, the massive luxury company behind Louis Vuitton and Dior).

In the book, Selby interviews big names like Isabel Marant and Dries van Noten, avant-garde thinkers like Iris van Herpen, and designers who aren't household names, but rather work behind the scenes for larger companies, like Audrey Louise Reynolds. Reynolds is a Brooklyn artisan who has dyed clothing for Nike (and is featured in the video above). They hail from all over; Selby took photos in the U.S., Japan, England, France, Amsterdam, and Italy.

Virginia Bates.Photo by Todd Selby

For the most part, the work spaces have tabletops brimming with swatches and notebooks, and mood boards full of textures and fabrics that will soon become finished garments. Many of the studios offer tantalizing peeks at the designers' sources of inspiration. Van Herpen, for example, has a mood board in her Amsterdam office filled with feathers and bits of skeletons, which likely help her imagine her 3-D printed dresses. Isabel Marant, whose designs often have unusual, sculptural silhouettes, has a studio devoid of sketchbooks, because she crafts by draping and playing with fabrics. And several others simply work in a nest of chaos—evidence, perhaps, that a messy office can make you more creative?

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[Photo by Todd Selby, Lindsey Degan]

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