For the 20th anniversary issue of Dazed & Confused, we got in touch with our extended family of collaborators, and asked them to send us the one object they felt best represented their last two decades, for the purpose of constructing a 'time capsule'. Upon deciding to hand over the contents to our readers, as well as fashion, art, and culture enthusiasts across the world, we set up shop with Ebay, and chose Oxfam to benefit from the money raised. The auction runs from November 20-27, 2011. We are auctioning 34 pieces of memorabilia in total, with generous participants ranging from international fashion designers to Dazed’s very own home grown talents.
Lee Alexander McQueen’s long and close affinity with Dazed & Confused began from the moment he graduated. As well as filling the fashion pages with his exquisite designs, the multi-talented visionary also acted as an art director, guest editor, interviewer, and interviewee. During an appearance as guest editor in 1998, McQueen asked Nick Knight to photograph a group of people with physical disabilities for the cover story under the headline, ‘Fashion-Able?’ Exploring ideas of beauty, it is one of Dazed’s most memorable covers to date. Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen continues to nurture this special relationship; and it should be easy to see why the two elaborately decorated pairs of scissors she donated to our time capsule are under the spotlight today. She notes: “Handcraft and embroidery are integral to my designs but scissors mark the beginning of the process.”