A Magazine No. 19: Curated by Kim Jones
A Magazine Curated By is a fashion magazine that explores the universe of a chosen fashion designer in each issue. We invite a guest curator – an international fashion designer, group or house – to develop innovative, personalised content to express their aesthetic and cultural values. Each issue celebrates this designer’s ethos: their people, their passion, their stories, emotions, fascinations, spontaneity and authenticity.
Issue N°19 has been curated by the British fashion designer Kim Jones. Based between London and Paris, Jones was named men’s creative director at Dior in March 2018, after seven years designing menswear at Louis Vuitton. He is known for his adventurous travelling spirit and a penchant for collecting rare and precious objects and vintage fashion, all of which informs his designs that marry futurism with old-world techniques and materials. N°19 takes the form of an alphabet, introducing his eclectic group of friends and exploring his worldly passions, with subjects ranging from ‘A’ for Naomi Campbell’s ‘Africa’ through ‘P’ for punk, all the way to ‘Z’ for Amanda Lear’s ‘Zero’ (“the zero you will get if you don’t learn my alphabet”). The designer’s alphabet is represented in 26 artist ‘letter’ pages featuring the works of friends and collaborators, from contemporary artists to members of the Dior design team. Each letter is followed by an adjoining subject matter, ranging from essays and archive image portfolios to interviews, illustrations, poetry, postcards, still-life photography, music playlists and portraiture. Close friends and famous heroes unite in this dense patchwork of anthropological and geographical references that reveal many facets of Jones’ curious mind. A wealth of surprises awaits in themes like “Vinyl”, “Ornithology”, “Queer”, “Islands”, and “Dogs”, and with remarkably diverse contributions from Jake & Dinos Chapman, KAWS, Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss, Ellie Grace Cumming, Yoon, Giorgio Moroder, Takashi Murakami, Pierre-Ange Carlotti, Bella Hadid, Dan Tobin Smith, and more.