20 Years of being Dazed & Confused
October 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Dazed and Confused is a high school movie written and directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg and Joey Lauren Adams, amongst others, it is a coming of age movie. It is about teenagers, hormones and rock music but some say it’s also about American culture. Quentin Tarantino included it on his list of 10 greatest films.
To others, Dazed and Confused is a song by Led Zeppelin; a song worthy of being listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Whatever the story, Dazed and Confused is about living in the moment and being a free spirit. In the same vein, prodigious photographer Rankin and writer and cultural enthusiast Jefferson Hack founded Dazed and Confused the magazine. It started as a limited-run fold-out poster in 1992 with early cover stars like Bjork, Harmony Korine, David Bowie, Damien Hirst, Chloe Sevigny, and Kate Moss amongst others. Today, it is one of the most influential magazine covering news on different art forms such as fashion, music, film, visual arts and literature.
From 4 November 2011 to 29 January 2012, Somerset House presents Making It Up As We Go Along, a multi-layered exhibition featuring the magazine’s legendary photoshoots, iconic covers, controversial editorial content and artworks from influential photographers, designers, and artists.
Curated by Jefferson Hack and Emma Reeves in collaboration with Somerset House, works featured include ground-breaking photography by Rankin, Nick Knight, David Sims and Terry Richardson, specially commissioned projects by artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst and Sam Taylor-Wood, cutting edge fashion pages by stylists Katie Grand, Katy England, Alister Mackie and Nicola Formichetti, and specially selected designs by fashion giants Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Gareth Pugh.
(Images from Somerset House‘s website)