Ten AnOther Long Reads to Immerse Yourself In

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Naomi Campbell in Azzedine Alaïa for AnOther Magazine A/W16Photography by Alasdair McLellan, Styling by Katy England

From Björk and Julia Davis to Jim Jarmusch and Jonas Mekas – lose yourself in these long reads from the AnOthermag.com archive

1. Björk in Conversation With Julia Davis

Björk and comedian Julia Davis, of Nighty Night fame, certainly share a nonconformist spirit. Long admirers of each other’s work, the pair were brought together for the S/S16 issue of AnOther Magazine and the resulting conversation is a powerful musing on creativity: “I find some songs are like time capsules, or pills – you play the first notes and it is like taking a pill and you’re just there,” says Björk.

2. Hans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation With David Lynch

In 2016, Swiss art curator, critic, and cultural commentator Hans Ulrich Obrist sat down with America’s foremost auteur David Lynch to discuss the principles which power his unique filmic vision. Spanning a constellation of disciplines – fashion, art, music and film – the expansive interview digs deep into Lynch’s practice. “Every idea that you fall in love with is a gift. How the ideas come is the trick,” says Lynch.

3. A Portrait of Rei Kawakubo by Those Who Know Her Best

For the S/S10 issue of AnOther Magazine, Susannah Frankel spoke with luminaries including Björk, Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Edward Enninful and Nick Knight about the enigmatic presence behind Comme des Garçons.

4. Inside the World of Alaïa

A rare and insightful interview with the late, great Azzedine Alaïa, taken from the A/W16 issue of AnOther Magazine. Talking to AnOther’s editor-in-chief Susannah Frankel, the couturier speaks about the women he loves and has dressed for over half a century – from Naomi Campbell to Stephanie Seymour.

5. The Team Who Put the ‘We’ Into ‘We Margiela’

Notoriously elusive, the team behind Maison Martin Margiela – while the eponymous designer was still at the helm – rarely allowed an insight into the inner workings of one of fashion’s most influential labels. Coinciding with the 2017 release of documentary We Margiela, Susannah Frankel delves deeper into the ‘We’ behind Margiela.

6. The World of Gilbert & George

For the A/W16 issue of AnOther Magazine, Jo-Ann Furniss met one of the most prolific duos in the history of British art: Gilbert & George. The resulting profile, which included an impromptu performance of an extract from their then-new artwork The Fuckosophy, features the F-word over 40 times – which must be some sort of record.

7. My Year With Karl

In 2019, fashion lost one of its most enduring designers – Karl Lagerfeld, best known for his decades-long stint at Chanel which transformed the Parisian house into one of the most powerful brands in the world. For the S/S16 issue of AnOther Magazine, Susannah Frankel was given unprecedented access to the legendary designer, interviewing him over the course of an entire year.

8. The Obsessive Archives of Kim Jones

Did you know that Kim Jones is an obsessive collector of vintage clubwear? Here, the artistic director of Dior Men unveils his beloved collection and explains to Lou Stoppard why he is drawn to 80s club hero Leigh Bowery and his court, which includes forgotten London design heroes like Christopher Nemeth, Stephen Linard, Modern Classics and Rachel Auburn.

9. A Lifetime of Sex and Art With Cosey Fanni Tutti

Once called a “wrecker of civilisation”; now one of art’s foremost names, Cosey Fanni Tutti sits down with Emily Gosling to discuss her extraordinary career so far – “a lifetime of sex and art,” as Gosling describes. “There are moments when I’m looking at something and I see the connection with an event that had happened at the time, when I had no idea what was going to happen in the future, but it completely falls into place with what my life was going to present to me,” Fanni Tutti says.

10. Jim Jarmusch in Conversation With Jonas Mekas

Here, two founding fathers of American independent cinema – Jim Jarmusch and Jonas Mekas, the latter of whom sadly died last year – sit down for a conversation, speaking on everything from poetry and their shared love of Emily Dickinson, to the importance of Anthology Film Archives, the world’s largest and most important repositories of independent and avant-garde film.