As I write this story in a photo shoot reminiscing on the days I was an intern and worked with Mr Kim Jones when he had his own collection. I remember he was always a trendsetter and ahead of his time. It is always a pleasure to see him continue to elevate especially with his reign at Dior and now see him curate a magazine.
Dior and A Magazine Curated announced that issue N°19 has been curated by Kim Jones for an international release. Based between London and Paris, the British fashion designer was named men’s Artistic Director at Dior in March 2018, after seven years designing menswear at Louis Vuitton. Jones is known for his adventurous travelling spirit and a penchant for collecting rare and precious objects and vintage fashion, all of which inform his design, a marriage of futurism and old-world techniques and materials.
Kim Jones’ approach to A Magazine Curated By N°19 takes the form of an alphabet, introducing his eclectic circle 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, including contemporary artists such as Takashi Murakami and Peter Doig, as well as KAWS, Hajime Sorayama and Raymond Pettibon (three artists who collaborated with Kim Jones on his men’s collections, notably by revisiting the House of Dior’s emblematic codes).
Also here are Dior’s house milliner Stephen Jones, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and Louis Vuitton men’s Artistic Director, Virgil Abloh. 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 reveals many facets of Jones’ curious mind.
A Magazine Curated by Kim Jones has two covers, featuring models Ludwig Wilsdorf and Sakua Kambong photographed by David Vasiljevic under the creative direction of Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup. The issue premieres a new EcoFoil metallic ink technique on the cover and interior pages.
AFRICA / BLOOMSBURY / CLUB KIDS / DOGS / ENDANGERED / FLOWERS / GABBER / HOME / ISLANDS / JAPAN /KATE / LEIGH / MAGAZINES / NUDES / ORNITHOLOGY / PUNK / QUEER / RELICS / SUE / TOYS / UMBRO / VINYLS /
WISDOM / XANADU / YOUTH / ZERO
SELECTED CONTRIBUTORS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: