The Impossible Image

Edited by Phillip Poynter, with an introduction by Robin Derrick

Phaidon Press (2000)

Hardback, 192 pages


112 colour illustrations

290 x 224 mm, 11 3/8 x 8 7/8 in

ISBN-13: 9780714839677

ISBN-10: 0714839671

Fashion today is as much about image as it is about ideas: indeed the two concepts are synonymous with our perceived notions of style. Yet over the past decade, the increasing use of technology and image manipulation within the fashion industry have led to a noticeable increase in the fantastical image. From fashion shoots that display clothes adorned on invisible models, to painterly reinterpretations of the traditional fashion tableaux, the fine line between reality and fantasy is becoming increasingly blurred.

Pushing into fashion’s computer driven-frontierland, the photographers included in The Impossible Image are creating the genre’s most arresting dreamscapes.‘ – Village Voice

The best photography book of the past year.‘ – Creative Review