FKA twigs is the most exciting musician in the world right now, redefining the boundaries of pop music with her surreal music videos, fragile electronica and extravagant dance routines. Now the British singer/songwriter teams up with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for an 18-page cover feature in our summer issue. In her most revealing interview to date, Dazed’s editor-in-chief, Tim Noakes, finds out the secrets of this mysterious performer and gets the inside track on her highly anticipated debut album, released this summer on The xx’s record label, Young Turks. We also profile her visual collaborator, music video wizard Jesse Kanda, and Wet Wipez, the London dance crew spearheading a European krump Renaissance.
Elsewhere, Boots, the enigmatic producer behind Beyoncé’s latest album, takes us to his Catskills hideaway for his first major interview; Ai Weiwei invites us into his Beijing studio to discuss the art of revenge; Nan Goldin comes down from a lifetime high; Cory Arcangel puts a unique spin on surfware; Mapei creates her own Swedish R&B scene; and cult Japanese photographer Momo Okabe talks about her obsession with documenting body shocks.
In fashion, we dissect the five senses with 50 pages of awe-inspiring shoots featuring the best of the pre-fall collections, an SS14 collections round up, and a menswear AW14 preview. In her last ever interview, CSM MA course director Louise Wilson introduces fashion’s new wave embracing modern craft over digital excess. Also, we take a trip inside the mind of fashion’s elusive sound designer, Michel Gaubert; art photographer Lorenzo Vitturi collaborates with Maison Martin Margiela for a unique twist on its Artisanal spring 14 collection; we rave it up with Martine Rose and her acid-house inspired menswear collection; Gareth Pugh looks to the future in an exclusive interview; and post-Soviet design superstar Gosha Rubchinskiy talks about the sounds of his sonic youth with DJ Zhit Vredno.
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