Bryan McMahon, An Inspiration

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L: Photography by Andreas Larson, styling by Bryan McMahon.
L: Photography by Andreas Larson, styling by Bryan McMahon.

Following a memorial service yesterday evening at St Luke's church to celebrate the life of Bryan McMahon, Jefferson Hack remembers an inspirational man

We all know the Scottish like to stick together, so it didn’t come as a surprise when Bryan began assisting Alister Mackie in the early days of Dazed & Confused. But more than their roots, they shared a vision for men’s styling that is unique in our industry and after assisting Alister, Bryan defined his own brand of romantic glamour and twisted decadence with Another Man.

His contribution to the Dazed Group has been huge. It’s an impressively memorable and enduring portfolio of work that has and will continue to influence the style and thinking of generations to come. As friends and extended family, most of us at Dazed were aware of Bryan’s suffering. It’s impossible to know what he went through but what he revealed to me was true courage. He touched me in a more profound way than anyone else I have worked with, because he was a constant reminder that true courage lies in facing your fears – and despite his fears he never once, when it came to his work or commitment to friends or colleagues at the magazine, let them better him. He is more of a man than I will ever be and for his example I am truly grateful.

Words by Jefferson Hack

Here, we present a selection of spreads from a book created to celebrate Bryan's life. All of the proceeds will be donated to Strathcarron Hospice. For details of how to purchase a book, click here.