Rendez-Vous with Dylan Jones

Writing and publishing in the digital age

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In connection with the 93rd edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo, on January 10th Polimoda will be hosting a special Rendez-Vous with renowned author, editor-in-Chief of British GQ and chairman of London Fashion Week Men’s Dylan Jones.

Jones has truly experienced the ebb and flow of publishing, managing to stay afloat and prosper from pre-internet grassroots stapled fanzines to widespread glamour glossies and massive online headline harbingers. The world still thrived on ink and paper when he took his first steps as a journalist for i-D magazine in 1983, where he soon became editor. In 1987 he took up the same position for trend and entertainment magazine Arena; further consolidating his talent and status by contributing to the once-cult-now-defunct British music, fashion and culture monthly magazine The Face, penning cover stories on high-caliber stars the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Neneh Cherry. Following that, he worked as associate editor of The Observer magazine and then moved to The Sunday Times. In 1999, Jones moved to Condé Nast and took over GQ, where he currently holds the position of editor-in-chief. His forward-thinking editorial approach, masterful brand positioning and trademark humor have earned the international men’s magazine 34 awards. At the BSME Awards 2012 Dylan Jones received the Mark Boxer Award for lifetime achievement.

Alongside his career in magazine media, he has also published a number of books among which: iPod Therefore I Am: A Personal Journey Through Music; When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie; Four Minutes that Shook the World; The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music and The Eighties: One Day, One Decade.

Hot on the heels of his latest book release, the biography David Bowie: A life, during the Polimoda Rendez-Vous Jones will be joined by award-winning designer and Polimoda mentor Keanan Duffty in a Q&A session on how much publishing has changed, devolved and evolved throughout the digital era.

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