The Terrific Terry Jones
The exemplary editor and art director nabs an MBE award for his contributions to fashion and pop culture 😉
i-D’s Terry Jones is the phenomenal, first-rank fashion mag entrepreneur, founding editor, brazen disruptor and creative industry icon. We salute you, Sir, in every way possible for pioneering everything we love aesthetically!
As most of you know, Terry is the terrific, megalithic originator of i-D — the pioneering style sheet that stands for the spirit of radical individualism and DIY dynamism, first published in Britain back in 1980. His accomplishments are long and strong: 1. He was the first-ever to propagate the ’emoticon’ in the form of a waggish, winky smiley face 😉 that became the ubiquitous little pictograph we all recognize today. 2. He incubated our fave avant-gardians and shutterbugs like Nick Knight, Juergen Teller, Craig McDean, Ellen von Unwerth, Wolfgang Tillmans and Alasdair McLellan, etc. 3. He pretty much made Gisele, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss Pop icons after he splashed them on i-D covers with accompanying editorials that crackled with coolness, cutting-edge clothes and a ton of cheeky tude. 4. He established ‘streetstyle’ as a perennial aesthetic and solidified DIY as a secular trend and art ethos the world over. 5. He relentlessly agitated for increased diversity in fashion and art, always embodying high ethics, integrity, optimism (“We’re fans, not critics.”) and equality of opportunity for all. 6. He mentored some of the most esteemed creatives and editors like Edward Enninful of British Vogue, visionary stylist Simon Foxton, and i-D’s current awe-inspiring Editor-in-Chief Holly Shackleton ♥.
Terry extended art and fashion into the hyperspace of culture and brought more of the culture into art; he took on the sacred cows of the industry and created what amounted to a buzzing beehive of talent, change, disruptive energy, personal leadership and aesthetic audacity.
In short, his work produced a resounding “OMG” to artists, designers, photographers, models, publishers, hypebeasts, and street freaks — an influence that continues to ripple through Pop culture and the art industry to this day!
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