"From a Cult to a Culture"
Dazed & Confused's 20th Anniversary Party
"We had no idea what we were doing!" says Jefferson Hack of launching Dazed & Confused with Rankin back in 1991. But what began as a black-and-white printout has, over the last 20 years, become a defining force in fashion, music, art, and beyond. And last night in London, a crowd that included Kate Moss, Sarah Burton, and former Dazed cover boy Michael Stipe gathered to fête the magazine's two-decade milestone along with its new book published by Rizzoli, Making It Up as We Go Along. "The title of the book is really appropriate," said Katie Grand, who launched her career as the first fashion director of the publication. "I've always been hugely respectful of what we achieved together with no money and zero experience. I think that's what was so refreshing for people when they saw it."
To mark the occasion, Hack and Another Magazine's Emma Reeves curated an exhibition commemorating Dazed's most memorable moments. Featured on the walls of Somerset House were Juergen Teller's 1991 portrait of Yves Saint Laurent, the "fake" Michael Jackson cover from 2001, and a 1996 spread with Iggy Pop. A full room was dedicated to the magazine's 1998 collaboration with Alexander McQueen, for which Nick Knight and Katy England photographed and styled a portfolio depicting people with disabilities. "McQueen's memory is obviously very dear to my heart," noted Hack. "That collaboration was the moment when we grew up from being young punks to being a bit more sensitive. We grew from being a cult to a culture."