The opening image this time is an iceberg seemingly moving inland — photographed by Tomek Sierek took on his long trek across South America earlier this year. Icebergs and nature (see the imressive Uyuni Salt Flats on the closing pages) where only one aspect of this trip, which equally included the fashion story at Claudio's Farm (pages 28-35).
Intense times, exciting: we launched this issue with very successful exhibition of Samantha McEwen’s recent paintings at the Brompton Garage, with the kind support of the Brompton Design District. A must-read is Celia Lytteltons masterful article on Samantha, on pages 18-21 of this issue!
I am particularly happy to present the personal accounts and iconic images presented by the great personalities Bobby Hillson and Sheilagh Brown, so much part of British fashion. After all, without Bobby’s key role starting the MA at St Martins, we may have missed out on some of Britain’s most prominent designers, from John Galliano to the late Alexander McQueen.
The fashion story was shot by Tomek in Fortaleza after he and Sarah Shatz visited Dragão Fashion Brazil for us, upon the invitation of ABIT, thanks Mauro! The images of the dresses of Conexão Solidária are especially dear to us, which you will understand when you see Sarah’s images and read the reports of the artisans and seamstresses who made the clothes.
Last but not least, this issue is a ‘first’ for us – as it is the first featuring a gentleman on our cover. And I am so happy it is John Alfredo Harris giving us the honour, thanks John, great to see you here!
John Alfredo Harris wearing Stone Island jacket, Margaret Howell trousers and vintage hat. Spalted beech sideboard by John Alfredo Harris. Photo by Tomek Sierek.
Jerry Hall wearing Sheilagh Brown at Quorum s/s 1974. Photo by David Bailey for The Sunday Times, fashion editor Michael Roberts – the series was Jerry Hall’s first fashion editorial as she arrived in the UK.
Features in order of appearance:
NO LOVE LOST Jasper Sinchai Chadprajong
BOBBY HILLSON Bobby Hillson
SHEILAGH BROWN & SHERIDAN BARNETT Sheilagh Brown
SAMANTHA MCEWEN, EVERY PAINTING HAS A SILVER LINING Celia Lyttelton
ANNE OF DENMARK (UNCOVERED) Angelica Pediconi & Fabio Mazzocchini
MATIAS FALDBAKKEN, THIS IS A PLASTIC BAG Lucie Russell
JOHN ALFREDO HARRIS, FORMS OF NATURE Uscha Pohl
CLAUDIO’S FARM, FORTALEZA Brazil Fashion by Tomek Sierek
CONEXAO SOLIDARIA Sarah Shatz
UYUNI SALT FLATS, BOLIVIA Tomek Siereki
Featured & featuring:
Bobby Hillson, Sheilagh Brown, Sheridan Barnett, John Alfredo Harris, Jasper Sinchai Chadprajong, Samantha McEwen, Celia Lyttelton, Philippe Blondez, Tomek Sierek, Yvonne Gold, Alex Katz, Francesco Clemente, Matias Faldbakken, Fabio Mazzocchini, Angelica Pediconi, Marysia Woroniecki, Mark Tabard, Jerry Hall, Ike Rust, Joaquin Ballabriga, Anne of Denmark, Heloise Lima, Mauro Slomp, Renato Cesar, the artisans of Fortaleza Cooperativa Arte e Costura Grande Mucuripe, Conexão Solidária (Solidary Connection)
Tomek Sierek, Sarah Shatz, Guy Bourdin, David Bailey, Claire Robertson, Nick Griffiths, Uscha Pohl, Philippe Blondez, Lucila Meller, Norma Moriceau, Neil Kirk
Bobby Hillson, Sheilagh Brown Editor & Art Director Uscha Pohl
Philippe Blondez, Tomek Sierek, Sarah Shatz, Celia Lyttelton, Lucie Russell, Camilla Petrocchi, Lucila Meller, Mia Enell, Julia Borgdorf, Sasha Birkin, Filippa Lidhölm
All VERY Publications are edited and published by founder/owner Uscha Pohl.
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John Alfredo Harris, photo Tomek Sierek.
On roll-over; Jerry Hall, photo David Bailey.
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