Dazed (formerly Dazed & Confused) is a bi-monthly British style magazine founded in 1991. It covers music, fashion, film, art, and literature. Dazed is published by Dazed Media, an independent media group known for producing stories across its print, digital and video brands. The company's portfolio includes titles such as AnOther, Another Man and Hunger. The company's newest division, Dazed Studio, creates brand campaigns across the luxury and lifestyle sectors. Based in London, its founding editors are Jefferson Hack and fashion photographer Rankin.
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Dazed was begun by Hack and Rankin Waddell while they were studying at London College of Printing (now London College of Communications). Beginning as a black-and-white folded poster published sporadically, the magazine soon turned full colour, and was promoted at London club nights. Today it is an independent youth culture magazine, distributed globally, covering fashion, art, music and lifestyle. Cover stars have included Björk, Kate Moss, David Bowie, Young Thug, Millie Bobby Brown, Amandla Stenberg, Marilyn Manson, Jazz Jennings, Thom Yorke, Kendall Jenner, Tilda Swinton and FKA Twigs.
Dazed has built a reputation for publishing stories that use creativity to empower young people, setting trends in motion and redefining the status quo. Over the years Dazed has championed humanitarian causes, from AIDS in South Africa, giving blood, the refugee crisis, breast cancer awareness, Islamophobia, LGBTQIA rights and women's rights to climate change. Dazed is the first fashion magazine to challenge beauty preconceptions by featuring disabled cover models.
Notable covers include:
- September 1998 the 'Access-able' issue included a 14-page feature created by Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight showing people with disabilities looking powerful and beautiful including Helen Mcintosh, Mat Fraser and the issue's cover star Aimee Mullins
- June 1999 celebrated feminism exhibiting cover star Milla Jovovich with arms raised and armpits unshaven
- August 1999 saw Terry Richardson persuade five supermodels to give blood on camera. Shot in a real donor clinic, Shalom Harlow, Eva Herzigova, Bridget Hall, Annie Morton and Ivanka Trump each gave up a pint for the fashion shoot
- March 2000 was entitled 'Feel It' and celebrated gay rights with a cover showing two men kissing
- December 2000 the 'Altered Beauty' issue saw Dazed stylist Katy England and photographer Nick Knight conceive a ground-breaking fashion shoot to support Breakthrough Breast Cancer, an organisation promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. Featuring models of all ages who had had breast cancer, and the scars to prove it, the magazine also presented interviews with the women showing how breast cancer had changed their lives
- July 2004 the 'South Africa' issue celebrated ten years of democracy and was dedicated to marking a decade of freedom with 10% of all ad revenue from the issue donated to fight AIDS in South Africa (African Solutions to African Problems)
- July 2006 'The Freedom Issue: Know Your Rights' saw Dazed partner with Amnesty International and Human Rights watch to highlight the ever-present issue of human rights around the world. Featuring exclusive cover artwork by Damien Hirst and Barbara Kruger on the theme, the special section looked at rights abuses across the globe, and the battles against them
- April 2011 'The Money Issue' with cover by Jake and Dinos Chapman explored capitalism and the creative industries with features on London's creative workers, offshore tax havens and the post-credit crunch economy
- Autumn/Winter 2015 featured Ru-Paul's Drag Race's Pearl Liaison making Dazed the first leading fashion magazine to celebrate a drag coverstar
- Spring/Summer 2016 featured transgender female musician Anohni in the 'Power/Protest' issue
- Spring 2016 celebrated the youngest publicly documented person to be identified as transgender Jazz Jennings by putting her on the cover under the title 'Infinity Girl'
Dazeddigital.com launched in November 2006 with a dedicated editorial and video team covering news, fashion, culture, music and art. Its editor is Thomas Gorton. Each year it publishes the Dazed 100, a list of the hundred most influential people shaping youth culture. The Dazed 100 runs in partnership with Calvin Klein CK One. The list is interactive and ranked by readers. In 2015 the winner was Hari Nef. In 2016 the winner was Troye Sivan.
Dazed works with photographers including Paolo Roversi, Terry Richardson, Ryan McGinley, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, Alasdair McLellan, Sean and Seng, Collier Schorr, Harley Weir, Inez and Vinoodh, Juergen Teller, Willy Vanderperre Nick Knight, Mario Sorrenti, Ben Tomes, and David Sims. Notable people who have worked at Dazed over the years include Nicola Formichetti, Katie Grand, Charlotte Stockdale, Olivier Rizzo, Phil Poynter, Sylvia Farago, Katy England, Karen Langley and Alister Mackie.
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