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A Wink and A Smile | i-D

Terry Jones, i-D’s creator and editor, who started the publication as a punk fanzine in the early ‘80s, has gone to great lengths to maintain the founding principles as the media landscape shifts.  

Ironically, i-D has long been the most popular choice for offbeat fashion magazines. Efficiently working to stay connected with the streets (“real people” in “real clothes”) rather than becoming another industry rag, i-D has made a name for itself by contextualizing trends for a more diverse audience. Terry Jones, i-D’s creator and editor, started the publication as a punk fanzine in the early ‘80s. Since then Jones has gone to great lengths to maintain the founding principles as the platform continues to transform.

I was recently assigned a project where I was to choose any publication and trace its evolving aesthetic. While I will say the fact that i-D has only been around for thirty years (as compared to Vogue’s 100+) may have played a role in my decision, I was mainly attracted to their unique method of documenting rather than forcefully creating. Their steady development acts as a social marker for the times and their covers play out in a similar fashion.

Tracing the covers from 1980 to pre-spring 2014, the most recent featuring Ms. Edie Campbell offers a fair representation of not only what was happening in the fashion world, but the whole of pop culture. From the exposed curves of ‘80s-era bombshells to a pre-pubescent Kate Moss and her dangling limbs circa 1993, i-D was the first magazine (along with now-defunct The Face) to truly hold up the mirror to what it saw.


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Anonymous said...

Love these magazine covers!

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Francesca Giagnorio said...

Really beautiful post! I love these covers


London Loafers said...

What an interesting post, I knew next to nothing about Terry Jones and i-D in general! And you picked some beautiful cover selection! :)


M* said...

This magazine is gorgeous! i love always the covers, thanks for tell me a little bit about it :)

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Naelle - Once in Paris said...

oh that's a very intersting article! so true, vogue creates, I-D documents reality fashion..
congrats for that nice collab!


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