Sunday, 20 December 2009

Calling all artists

I'll never get tired of saying what an amazing magazine Dazed and Confused is. I grew up like most of us: fascinated by Vogue America. In my case it was when the lovely Karolina Kurkova had just been discovered. But by the time her picture appeared in each and every single page of the magazine, I made three discoveries that changed for ever my view on fashion. And thank God. I mean, Vogue America can be tons of fun with Meisel's shoots, all those waspy articles about people who live in Park Avenue and all the (in my opinion slightly loony) beauty advice (from Atkins to the sea water diet, from Botox to concentrated vitamin C shots). But Vogue America is hardly innovative, arty or young. So when I first saw the cover of I-D magazine in a drugstore in Madrid (I must have been about 15) the word "fashion" started to mean something completely different for me. Afterwards came The Face and Dazed. Sadly, The Face doesn't exist anymore. But Dazed and I-D do and I've been buying every issue for almost 10 years.
Now we are at the turn of the decade and Dazed is celebrating it in a special way. They are looking for illustrators to draw some of the best Dazed covers of the past 10 years. It's very simple, all you have to do is choose one of these covers, use your imagination and... submit your work! (for more details see here). And the chosen winner will be commissioned for a piece of work to appear in a future issue of Dazed. An artist's dream, isn't it? I might even try it myself, except more than a year ago I decided to swap the brushes for the fountain pen. And I bet there's lots of you out there who would do it way better. So...why not try? You never know what might happen and anyway your illustration will appear in DazedDigital, which means so many people will see it it will be like an actual exhibition!








12 comments:

  1. how neat! i'll have to pick up a copy of this magazine!
    i'm obsessed with Nylon magazine. it's my ultimate fav.
    xx

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  2. love all these covers!! my fave is the first one, red hair is so beautiful! :)

    xoxo

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  3. it is beautiful isn't it?
    it takes the almost generic pages that show in most magazines and pushes them into something extraordinary.
    <3

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  4. Hi^^
    Sorry i've been absent for a while. Too much work to be done! Answering your posts: i really love these covers, they are original, fashion, artistic, and they innovate in the posing and the composition of each cover.
    About Christmas :) well, in Portugal we eat the traditional codfish with cabbage, potatoes and eggs.But we have (too) many traditional deserts, if you want i can get some recipies and send to your mail! This year i really wanted to try making gingerbread man!
    About the presents, we change them in Christmas night 24th, and this year i really needed a pair of black leather boots and shoes, so that's what i've asked for Christmas. Maybe i'll buy a pair of jeans too, if i find one's that i like.
    I mut confess this wasn't one of the best years for me, for many personal reasons, so i'm hoping for the new year to begin, so i can start all over again with a positive mind. So now i leave you a big Christmas hug and wish you all the best in these holidays..

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  5. Oh my god dear reading your post made me remember how I felt in love with fashion as well, and how I didn't like working with some "elite magazine" people...yeah Dazed is definetly the kind of fashion I love too...and thanks for the hint I may try as well, just for fun !

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  6. thanks for your comment

    hope to see you back again

    xx

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  7. wow! my gosh!
    amazing pics!!
    xxx

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  8. mmmmm. i love Dazed and Confused. I especially love the covers with Beth Ditto and Marilyn Manson<3

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  9. ooh! i might give this a try though im not really an artist. i actually own only one copy of it (the vivienne westwood one, which i just had to have) because it isnt sold here. bummer, i know. anyway, thanks for letting us know about this!

    xx

    ps

    karen elson = goddess.

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  10. Wow, this inspires me to make an illustration! i only have one art class under my belt, but never hurts to try!

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  11. Cool covers!!
    X, fashionnerdic.

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  12. they are always with a breakthrough.

    they also cater to the daring darlings of fashion. which is great.

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