The meaning of cult.
Era-defining models come together with a new generation of image-makers to explore what it means to have cult appeal today
What is the meaning of cult? The spring/summer 2019 issue of Dazed dives into the mystery of cult appeal, bringing together the models who’ve set the agenda for cult status for decades, with the new generation of creatives whose work was shaped by them – celebrating ageless inspiration to be found in agenda-setting work.
As the first of eight print covers, Alek Wek is shot by Tyler Mitchell, while in a tribute to her hometown and distinctive body of work Mariacarla Boscono is lensed in Rome by Charlotte Wales. A cross-generational collaboration brings together McQueen-muse Debra Shaw, breakout London-designer Mowalola Ogunlesi, and photographer Cambell Addy – Shaw and Ogunlesi also sat down for a unique in-conversation in Paris, discussing visibility for black creatives, and superhero fashion.
Elsewhere in the issue, 13 year-old rap star Matt Ox is a sign of changing times for hip hop, Jeff Goldblum wears Prada and reflects on four decades in film, and Claire Denis discusses sex and sin in deep space with Robert Pattinson, who stars in the auteur’s new film, High Life. Cult no-wave pioneer, Lydia Lunch reflects on her storied career as a disruptor of good taste, Charlie Fox curates a chilling guest edit ahead of his upcoming twin gallery shows, and synthwave syren Tamaryn selects LA’s up and coming Darkwave bands. Poet and artist Diamond Stingily responds to an archival piece from Kathy Acker in our literary section, while generations of UK photographers from Martin Parr to Hanna Moon dive into their archives for photos that reflect life in Brexit Britain.
This generation’s most enigmatic star fronts our summer 2019 issue, an edition that looks to the movements and individuals moulding what's to come. The artist was interviewed by his close collaborators, friends, peers, and fans, in a rare feature that presents Frank Ocean as he is now – we see it as a kind of future archive. Expect thoughtful, expansive questions put to the musician from Arca, John Waters, Billy Porter, and more.
Continuing the explorative theme, we're presenting a series of essays where we unpack the movements in the now that are helping us map an uncertain future world; from ethical hacking, to drugs-based mental health research and gaming, while a one-of-a-kind portfolio illustrates the New York-based creatives future-proofing their respective fields in sex work, design, fashion, food, and more.
Elsewhere in the issue, breakout star of Native Son and If Beale Street Could Talk KiKi Layne reflects on the new era of Hollywood narratives as she prepares to go to the Met Ball, and we pay a visit to Savage Ranch, Love Bailey’s queer utopia in the California desert. Cult director Jim Jarmusch talks to Adam Driver, the star of his highly-anticipated upcoming zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die, and, as she says bye to her Game of Thrones character Brienne of Tarth, Gwendoline Christie reflects on playing the bitch in twisted new A24 horror, In Fabric.