1 Granary started life as a humble student magazine. (Although admittedly, as the student mag of top fashion school Central Saint Martins, it was never that humble.) However it’s since evolved into a legit style bible that showcases the most exciting emerging talents emanating from four of the best fashion schools in the world: CSM and the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons in New York and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Fashion Department in Antwerp.
“‘Uniting is the strongest weapon we have as a young creative generation’ became somewhat of a motto for this issue,” the teams says of the decision to expand its borders. “Although we were initially driven by a big curiosity to know what was created within the walls of the Antwerp Fashion Department, the Royal College of Art in London and Parsons’s MFA program in New York, after all our interactions with these creatives we realised that working and sticking together is so important and has a lot of potential.”
Now in its fourth run, the newly-expanded 1 Granary has just launched its latest issue, which is 648 pages long and as heavy as a small boulder. “We titled this issue ‘Is Anyone Still Having Fun?’ as we personally felt overwhelmed by the industry’s speed, the continuous changes, the see-now-buy-now model,” the team tell us. “No great work can be created in an environment that puts so much pressure on designers’ shoulders.”
Though the state of contemporary fashion was clearly playing on the minds of its editors, the issue stays true to the magazine’s raison d’être with features and stories profiling new talent from around the world. There’s 100 pages devoted to the students of Parsons, with photography from Marton Perlaki, Daniel Shea, Maciek Pozoga and Dazed Digital contributor Chris Rhodes.
However the ‘Is Anyone Still Having Fun?’ issue also features interviews with industry heavyweights too, who give advice to young talents – this includes photographer Willy Vanderperre, stylist Olivier Rizzo, designer Walter Van Beirendonck, the creative and image director of Dior make-up Peter Philips and the co-founder of Margiela Jenny Meirens.