Jefferson Hack Honoured at the Fashion Awards 2022

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Jefferson Hack and Tilda Swinton
Jefferson Hack and Tilda SwintonPhotography by Flo Kohl

Last night, Tilda Swinton presented Hack with the Special Recognition Award for Cultural Curation, praising his “never-ending curiosity” and “impeccable intuition and eye” as CEO and co-founder of Dazed Media

Yesterday evening at the Fashion Awards 2022, Jefferson Hack was awarded with the Special Recognition Award for Cultural Curation. Since founding Dazed & Confused alongside Rankin in 1991, Hack has built up a remarkable publishing portfolio which includes AnOther, Dazed and Nowness, as well as the creative agency Dazed Studio. The BFC’s award commended Hack’s extraordinary success over the past three decades in the fields of publishing and curation, from his base in London working with up-and-coming, nonconformist talent, highlighting non-stereotypical topics around gender, race and identity, and exploring the boundaries of art, fashion, photography, music and performance.

At the Royal Albert Hall in London, Tilda Swinton presented Hack with the award, praising his “never-ending curiosity, impeccable intuition and eye, generosity of spirit and capacity to trust,” among other things. “I’m not going to refer to the phenomenal achievement that is Dazed, AnOther, Nowness and Dazed Studio as an empire,” she said. “I’m calling it a universe because it’s that inclusive and righteous, it welcomes and encompasses us all, everyone. And it has listened for, contextualised and supported the power of youth culture all over the world, documenting and platforming stories from the sidelines, tipping them into popular culture for three decades, and I’m pretty sure that won’t change any time soon.” 

Hack’s steadfast commitment to empowering the next generation of creative youth ties in with his support for humanitarian and environmental organisations such as Crisis Action and Parley for the Oceans, as well as being a judge for the LVMH Prize, which offers a €300,000 grant and a year-long mentorship to the fashion designer who wins – invaluable support for emerging talent. “Hack is being awarded for his incredible contribution to culture, art, and fashion as well as his limitless energy and time for growing and investing in people,” said Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, earlier this year when the award was first announced. “His commitment to empowering youth through creativity has defined the zeitgeist and shaped the future, making him one of the most exciting creative voices of a generation.”

Other guests honoured at the event included Katie Grand (Isabella Blow award for fashion creator), Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli (designer of the year), Bella Hadid (model of the year), Wales Bonner (independent British brand), SS Daley (BFC Foundation award) and Burberry (metaverse world and gaming experience award).