London: TJ Informat Design Ltd., 1980-1983. Twelve (12) issues. Offset. All saddle-stapled except issues nos. 1 and 2. Each 11 ¾ x 8 ¼ in. All issues very good to near fine. Item #6063
The first twelve issues of the innovative fashion magazine, i-D, founded in 1980.
Started by former Vogue art director Terry Jones and still printing today, i-D is celebrated for its innovative design and photography. Photographers such as Mario Testino, Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, and Nick Knight all got their start working for i-D, and the magazine is known as a haven for young artists and fashion professionals.
Though i-D has since evolved into a glossy publication with a wide distribution, these first twelve issues capture the risk-taking voice that led to its reputation as a manual of style for youth culture, street style, and countercultural fashion.
These early issues feel more punk zine than traditional fashion mag, and dedicate a significant amount of space to the “Straight Up” photography series, documenting punk and new wave street style in England. Subjects were documented standing against blank walls or storefronts on the London streets in simple full-body shots. These influenced the following generations of fashion photographers, and formed a comprehensive document of early 1980s urban style.
Photography by Simon Brown, James Palmer, and Thomas Degen, among others, are featured in these issues, along with appearances by cultural luminaries including Fad Gadget, Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, David Claridge, James Brown, Steven Berkoff, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood, Elio Fiorucci, The Smiths, Scarlett O’Horror, and Thomas Dolby.
“Style isn’t what but how you wear clothes. Fashion is the way you walk, talk, dance, and prance. Through i-D, ideas travel fast and free of the mainstream – so join us on the run.”
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