The Ten Most-Read AnOther Stories of 2019

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Photography by Tyler Mitchell, Styling by Robbie SpencerPadded cut-out jacket with raw edges by Maison Margiela. Glass cabochon crown from Pebble London. Pearl earrings from Gillian Horsup

From interviews with creatives at the top of their fields – Jonathan Anderson, Andrew Bolton, Linder and Lupita Nyong’o – to a freewheeling email exchange between Björk and Maggie Nelson, looking back at our most popular features of the year

1. Atlanta-born photographer Tyler Mitchell spoke with Ashleigh Kane as his first solo exhibition, I Can Make You Feel Good, opened in Amsterdam earlier this year (the interview ran alongside a fashion story originally featured in AnOther Magazine S/S19, shot by Mitchell and styled by Robbie Spencer). Mitchell made headlines in 2018 after becoming the first African American photographer to shoot a cover for American Vogue – and at 23 years old, also the youngest – and his personal and editorial work prioritises “a feeling of optimism in blackness”. Mitchell spoke about his history-making Beyoncé cover, the professor who first encouraged him into photography, and representation in the worlds of art and fashion. Head here to read more.

2. “Every single person that is born, every single person that exists on this planet, has a responsibility to affect and influence anyone that they come to be in proximity to,” AnOther Magazine Autumn/Winter 2019 cover star Indya Moore told Emma Hope Allwood in the accompanying interview. Following Moore’s meteoric rise to stardom after appearing as Angel in Ryan Murphy’s agenda-setting television show Pose, they share thoughts on feeling a duty to represent their community through being vocal and advocating for those who don’t have the platform – Moore is an icon for a new era. Head here to read more. 

3. As “quite possibly the most prolific designer of our proudly prolific times”, according to AnOther Magazine editor-in-chief Susannah Frankel, Jonathan Anderson has and continues to evoke an effortless fusion of art and fashion at the helm of both his eponymous label JW Anderson and Spanish heritage brand Loewe. Speaking to Frankel for the Autumn/Winter 2019 issue of AnOther Magazine, the designer shares his creative process, offering an insight into how he has carved out two distinct identities for himself in the fashion industry. “I’m a realist and I am obsessed by what I do. Ultimately there’s an obsession to be the best. And it just happens to be fashion.” Head here to read more.

4. Andrew Bolton – the visionary curator behind the biggest fashion exhibitions in the world, staged each May at the Costume Institute of the Met, New York – informs us that his “entrée into fashion was through music and style magazines like i-D, The Face, Blitz, and seeing Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano’s graduate collections”. Anna Wintour, Rei Kawakubo, and the feeling of invisibility are all topics of discussion in this interview with Hannah Tindle, which took place at Sarabande in east London, the foundation for emerging artists and designers set up in the name of Lee Alexander McQueen, and of which Bolton is a patron. Head here to read more. 

5. “i adore so fiercely all your books and they have truly saved me and the timing of discovering them was such an immaculate thing!!” Icelandic artist Björk tells author Maggie Nelson (arguably one of the most important post-feminist thinkers of the age) in an email exchange for the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of AnOther Magazine. The pair spoke about what lies ahead for feminism and humanity in a freewheeling email conversation, touching on Nelson’s book The Art of Cruelty (“so incredibly informative!!” writes Björk) and how they both approach creating. Head here to read more.

6. From Star Wars to 12 Years A Slave, the Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o reveals the story of how her creative streak led to the activism she is now incorporating into her work by both starring in, and co-producing, the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. “I know that every time such an opportunity comes my way, it is changing the narrative,” says Nyong’o, speaking to Lynette Nylander for AnOther Magazine Spring/Summer 2019’s cover story. Head here to read more. 

7. Vaquera, the brainchild of Patric DiCaprio, Claire Sullivan and Bryn Taubensee, is the New York-based brand subverting luxury and making “clothes that unite people who identify as outsiders,” DiCaprio says. Speaking to Jack Moss, the trio, who started Vaquera in 2013, share why their interiors-inspired Autumn/Winter 2019 collection – comprising a blend of fantasy and reality in equal measures, and shown at New York Fashion Week in February – is their most mature collection to date. Head here to read more. 

8. The idiosyncratic and multifaceted actor Naomi Scott also appeared on the cover of AnOther Magazine A/W19, photographed by Collier Schorr and styled by Katie Shillingford. With her powerful reach – she has starred in two of 2019’s biggest blockbusters: as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, and in the revamped Charlie’s Angels alongside Kristen Stewart and Ella Balinska – Scott discusses her faith, the virtue of staying grounded and how she continues to defy expectations by burying the archaic notion that diversity in film doesn’t sell. Head here to read more. 

9. “‘Feminism’ used to be seen as a dirty, ugly word by mainstream media. When I was a teenager in a small village near Wigan feminism to me was the most glorious, wonderful and slightly occluded movement. I didn’t know anybody else who read the books I read or got excited about the ideas I was being exposed to,” remembers British artist Linder, whose subversive approach to photomontage incorporates pornographic images reframed for the female gaze, promoting safe and pleasurable spaces for women. Ahead of a solo exhibition in London, Linder reflected on her work from the 1970s to today. Head here to read more.

10. Multi-hyphenate and star of Elizabeth Harvest Abbey Lee discusses how throughout her life she has expressed herself by means of modelling, music, art, and best of all, acting. Speaking with Sirin Kale, Lee explains that she’s never felt so creatively fulfilled: “With everything, I’d get to a certain place and I’d always feel like something was missing. But when I discovered acting, I was like, ‘Fuck! This is what I’ve been looking for’.” Head here to read more.