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Dazed & Confused’s 20th birthday celebrations continue with a cover guest art-directed by Riccardo Tisci. Meanwhile, one of the highlights inside sees Dazed’s former fashion director Katy England paired up with artist Matthew Stone to produce the unique ‘Exstasis’ archival shoot profiling Riccardo Tisci’s vaunted years at the helm of Givenchy. As creative director of the shoot, Tisci has personally selected pieces from his collections that he feels summarises his consummate execution of the same role for the famous French fashion house. Maybe it has a lot more to do with Riccardo Tisci’s decisive selection of pieces as much as anything else, but one notices just how much of a link there is between his designs and the heritage of the famous fashion house. Perhaps less so with the silhouettes themselves and more with his use of colour, but there is nonetheless a strong connection with the particular vision of fashion that made Hubert Givenchy legendary.
Also of particular note in this A-list content-crammed issue is that the revival of a certain political engagement that Dazed & Confused brought to the fore a few issues back. It takes the form of Ed Caesar’s clandestine interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and longtime leader of the opposition in her beleaguered Burma and a questioning article on the future of protest movements in the wake of the 2011 London riots by Dan Hancox.
At the centre of the issue is a compendium of 20 Q&A’s –another reminder of that anniversary- that pitches itself as ‘a compendium of twenty exclusive encounters with iconoclasts, inspirations and icons’. This sets up a certain tension. Are the iconoclasts presented meant to be understood as opposing the icons in some way? Dazed & Confused has always courted a certain controversy that might just make this the case. But, certainly inspiration is subjective even if the other two terms are moveable –not even mutually exclusive- feasts. So, all in all, almost any reader is likely to respond to some of the interviewees with sheer glee and some of the others with skepticism, not that this is likely to prevent anyone from reading all of these engaging dialogues right down to the last word. Drawn from almost all creative disciplines, the selection runs the full gamut from artists Grayson Perry and Gillian Wearing to cult film star Udo Kier and style suprema Carine Roitfeld.
Riotous fun of all kinds runs rampant through the rest of the issue. It takes in everything from punchy articles on hot rising talent to a collection of customized Dazed & Confused covers by top artists, conveniently coinciding with London’s prestigious annual art fair.