i-D is a British bimonthly magazine published by Vice Media, dedicated to fashion, music, art and youth culture. The magazine features people in fashion, music, art, clubs, film, and every other creative field. i-D was founded by designer and former Vogue art director Terry Jones in 1980.[1][2] The first issue was published in the form of a hand-stapled fanzine with text produced on a typewriter.[1] Over the years the magazine evolved into a mature glossy but it has kept street style and youth culture central.

Travis Scott on the cover of the spring 2021 issue
Editor-in-chiefTerry Jones
CategoriesFashion magazine
FounderTerry Jones
Founded1980; 43 years ago (1980)
CompanyVice Media
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

i-D has also held exhibitions worldwide and published several books.

Details Edit

The magazine is known for its innovative photography and typography and as a training ground for fresh talent.[1] Photographers Wolfgang Tillmans,[1] Mario Testino,[1] Terry Richardson,[1] Craig McDean,[1] Nick Knight and Juergen Teller started their careers at i-D, as did Dylan Jones and Caryn Franklin. Other photographers that have contributed to i-D include Ellen von Unwerth, Robert Fairer, Kayt Jones, Sam Rock, and Petra Collins.

People who have appeared in i-D include Madonna, Grace Jones, Naomi Campbell, Sade, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Kanye West, Helmut Lang, Franz Ferdinand, Chloë Sevigny, Raf Simons, Jun Takahashi, Veronique Branquinho, Lily Cole, Giles Deacon, Timothee Chalamet, Dizzee Rascal, Scarlett Johansson, Rick Owens, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna.[3]

The wink and smile on each front cover—a graphic representation of the magazine's logo—are integral to the i-D identity.[4]

In November 2021, Max Clark, the magazine's fashion editor, was suspended after more than a dozen women accused him of sending sexually inappropriate messages. Clark denies the allegations.[5][6][7]

On May 15, 2023, Vice Media formally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as part of a possible sale to a consortium of lenders including Fortress Investment Group, which will, alongside Soros Fund Management and Monroe Capital, invest $225 million as a credit bid for nearly all of its assets.[8]

The Straight Up Edit

The Straight-Up is a documentary style of photography pioneered by Terry Jones, founder and editor-in-chief of i-D magazine, in 1977. Taking its name from a West Country expression meaning 'tell it like it is', a Straight-Up typically captures a head-to-toe portrait of someone street cast with great personal style, often accompanied by a short question-and-answer defining their life, likes and dislikes.

In 1977, inspired by August Sander's social documentary portraits and Irving Penn's Small Trade series, Jones commissioned British photographer Steve Johnston to photograph London punks head-to-toe against a plain white wall on the Kings Road. Jones intended the pictures to run as a cultural piece in British Vogue, where he then worked as art director.[9] The photographs however were considered too revolutionary, so Jones ran the images in a book he was art directing called Not Another Punk Book, published by Aurum Press.[10] These Straight-Ups went on to form the basis of i-D, a hand-stapled fanzine founded by Jones in 1980.[11] As i-D grew from a fanzine into a fashion magazine, the Straight-Up style of photography continued, culminating in an entire issue of the magazine dedicated to the photographic style in August 2003 (The Straight-Up Issue, No. 234). Today Straight-Ups continue to be featured in i-D.[12]

Editors Edit

The editors of i-D have been:

  • Terry Jones (1980–Present)
  • Dylan Jones (1986–1988)
  • Caryn Franklin (1986–1988)
  • Alix Sharkey (1988–1989)
  • John Godfrey (1988–1990)
  • Matthew Collin (1991–1994)
  • Avril Mair (1994–2005)
  • Glenn Waldron (2005–2006)
  • Ben Reardon (2006–2010)
  • Holly Shackleton (2010–2019)
  • Alastair McKimm (2019–present)

Publications Edit

  • A Decade of i-Deas, the Encyclopaedia of the '80s. Compiled and Produced by i-D Magazine. Edited by John Godfrey. London: Penguin, 1990. ISBN 0-14-012952-9.
  • Family Future Positive. Terry and Tricia Jones, and Avril Mair. London: i-D, 1998. ISBN 978-0-9512928-0-8.
  • SMILE i-D. Fashion and Style. 20 years of i-D magazine. Terry Jones. London: i-D / Cologne: Taschen, 2000. ISBN 3-8228-5778-5.
  • Fashion Now. i-D selects the world's 150 most important designers. Terry Jones and Avril Mair. Cologne: Taschen, 2003. ISBN 3-8228-2187-X.
  • Fashion Now 2. i-D selects the world's 160 most important designers. Terry Jones and Susie Rushton. Cologne: Taschen, 2005. ISBN 3-8228-4241-9.
  • Safe+Sound. Terry and Tricia Jones. London: i-D, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9552174-1-8.

Exhibitions Edit

  • Smile i-D. Initially launched in 2001 for i-D's 20th birthday, Smile i-D highlighted the spirit of the magazine. Since then, the show toured internationally, growing with each destination to include new material. Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London, April 2001; Armani flagship store, Milan, June 2001; Espace Cardin, Paris, October 2001; Art Directors Club, New York, November 2001; El Dorrego, Buenos Aires, October/November 2003; Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, February 2004; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, April 2004; Corp Banca, Caracas, July 2004; "+7.095.Art" gallery, Moscow, April 2007.
  • i-Dentity. The exhibition focused on identity, using still images, film, sound and smell. Fashion and Textile Museum, London, October 2005 (For i-D's 25th anniversary)[1] then toured to New York, February 2006; Hong Kong, April 2006; Tokyo, April 2006; Beijing, May 2006.
  • Safe+Sound. London College of Fashion, London, February 2007; CP Company, Milan, April 2007.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "i-D magazine: Identity parade". The Independent. London. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ Ane Lynge-Jorlén (2012). "Between Frivolity and Art: Contemporary Niche Fashion Magazines". Fashion Theory. 16 (1): 7–28. doi:10.2752/175174112X13183318404104. S2CID 191600010.
  3. ^ "Liv Fontaine | i-D". i-D. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  4. ^ "about us". I-d.
  5. ^ "Fashion editor at Vice's i-D magazine suspended over sexual misconduct claims". The Guardian. 11 November 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  6. ^ "Fashion magazine suspends senior editor over sexual harassment claims". The Daily Telegraph. 11 November 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  7. ^ "CJR at COP26: The end of the road?". Columbia Journalism Review. 12 November 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  8. ^ Whittock, Jesse (15 May 2023). "Vice Media Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  9. ^ "i-D magazine: Identity parade". The Independent. London. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  10. ^ "The Iconoclastic Terry Jones, the Art Director Who Started Street Style Culture". W Magazine. 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Hint Fashion Magazine -- Hinterview: Terry Jones". www.hintmag.com. Archived from the original on 2006-03-16.
  12. ^ "Defining Style Making i-D: An Interview with Terry Jones: Voice: AIGA Journal of Design: Writing: AIGA". www.aiga.org. Archived from the original on 2007-04-05.

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