Bjork show you the future —

Long before Iceland became associated with the export of financial turmoil and volcanic ash in the media, it was known as the home of the phenomenon that is Björk. Dazed & Confused hands over the reigns of its 200th issue to the elfin siren from the mysterious North, inviting her to guest edit the issue. Hardly a shock that much of what the innovative hybrid artist with the unique voice has highlighted has a musical bent: a women’s choir from Reykjavik, 16 bit organ karaoke parties and Henry Dagg, the eccentric inventor of a weird and wonderful harpsichord, all get articles. It’s very much the territory that one might expect from the woman that built an international crossover success on combining esoterica with pop and dance music genres.

Following her particular psychology, the issue also carries intriguing articles on Stephen Malinowski’s LSD-led musical exploration and ‘biophilia’, a trendy new term – and also the name of Bjork’s latest sprawling film project- given to the intersections of the natural world and creativity; imagine cyberpunk reinvented for the environmentally-friendly, organic-worshipping generation.

But, those who are more interested in the tiny powerhouse herself need not fear. The issue carries a gigantic feature article in which she reveals all on many topics. It’s accompanied by Sam Falls’ shoot, styled by Katy England, that shows her off to her best. Always something of a proponent of cutting-edge fashion, she works with photographer and stylist to give garments by well-known top-end brands a look that few of their regular customers dare pull off.

The style of this celebrity fashion shoot acts as a kind of reference point for two of the other most notable fashion stories in the issue, both of which tread a similar psychedelic, futuristic path, but each elaborating its own signature. Ruth Hogben’s ‘Crytalline’ womenswear shoot, styled by Katie Shillingford, is a celebration of soft light forced through crystal shards that offers one of D&C’s most beautiful shoots in many years.  And Robbie Spencer’s DIY, low-tech ethnic cyberpunk styling creates bright and powerful silhouettes for Richard Burbridge to capture in his straight-up shoot of the boys in garments that are hardly gender-specific.

Needless to say, all of this sits amongst a veritable feast of the usual fare of to-the-point articles on music, fashion, lifestyle and culture.

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    In This Issue –
    Biork Selects Graduale Nobili Bjork Selects 16bits Bjork Selects Henry Dagg New Designer:Iris Van Herpen Violently Appy Inside Biophilia Crystalline Mutual Core
    Editor –
    Rod Stanley
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Our Take —

Dazed & Confused is arguably the most important London-based magazine of its kind since the pitched street battles of the 1980’s when Britain’s new wave of glossy street style mags – Blitz, The Face and I-D- fought for readership supremacy.

Set-up by Jefferson Hack and Rankin, initially as a sporadic fold-out poster paper in 1992, Dazed & Confused epitomized a new wave of publishing creatives on the UK scene. Like their counterparts in other disciplines, theirs was a reaction against what came before. The overly staged and indulgent gave way to a kind of documentary, shot-from-the-hip reportage; the serious and politically engaged to a kind of media-literate cynicism or irony. In the ‘Caring 90’s’, nothing could be cooler than admitting that you might not really care. Candidness, authenticity and cutting the crap seemed to be the bywords. In many ways, Dazed & Confused is a fine example of popular culture’s processing those drives that Bourriaud’s defining survey essay of the1990’s - Relational Aesthetics- applied to the work of hot artists of the era.

Perhaps now a tad glossier and more commercially attuned to the international fashion and celebrity system, Dazed & Confused continues as one of the UK’s most influential magazines.

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