viernes, 6 de agosto de 2010

A Mistery

Few information is available about a woman who I deeply admire and respect. It's a bit unfair how women in fashion have stand out, every wannabe fashionista knows who Anna Wintour or Anna Dello Russo is, but there are tones of people on the magazine world also which are doing great stuff and sometimes have had even more influence in today's design but have succesfully stayed under the radar. That woman is Babeth Dijan editor-in-chief of my favorite fashion magazine Numéro.

She started her personal project in 1983 a French magazine called Jill that only published 11 issues until 1985. The magazine reflected the new wave of french design, raising stars like: Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa and Thierry Mugler but also the arrival of Japanese designers to the fashion capital. Regular contributors of the publication were Peter Lindbergh, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Ellen Von Unwerth. The project started with the support of a modelling agency and the idea was to use the agency's people, which often didn't happened, it had no real advertisers and most of the editorials were done on Babeth's grandmother athic.

This feel of playing fashion is what makes Numéro, the magazine she started in 1998 , so different from the oters. The reason for starting it was to make something appealing to powerful and strong women that featured fashion but also art, design and music instead of the new wrinkle cream, and how to catch a man. There's few evidence for people in the third world about that magazine but I've been lucky to find this photos online.

Jill Magazine (France) October November 1985
Mannequins Kim, Kristen, Laurence
Photography Peter Lindbergh
Réalisation E. Dijan, M. Cohen et Tanel

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