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Purple

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In 1992, Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm started the magazine Purple Prose as a reaction against the superficial glamour of the 1980’s; much as a part of the global counterculture at the time, inspired by magazines like Interview, Ray Gun, Nova, and Helmut Newton’s Illustrated, but with the aesthetics of what usually is referred to as anti-fashion. Based on their personal interests and views; Purple was, and in a sense still is, made much in the same spirit of the fanzine. The magazine quickly became associated with the "realism" of the new fashion photography of the 1990’s, with names like Juergen Teller, Terry Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Mario Sorrenti. Purple Fashion magazine is high quality, chunky and seriously good, published in France, printed in both English and French.

Spring/Summer 2018

For this Purple issue 29 S/S 2018, we have released twelve different covers: MAURIZIO CATTELAN, NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE, DEMNA GVASALIA, ANNE IMHOF, REI KAWAKUBO, CRAIG MCDEAN, KIKO MIZUHARA, FELIPE OLIVEIRA BAPTISTA, SHAYNE OLIVER, MIUCCIA PRADA, JUERGEN TELLER and AMANDA WALL.

“In this summer issue I wanted to put together a gallery of the exceptionally talented people I’ve known and loved for years, along with artists I’ve recently discovered and find inspiring. These are some of the people — stars and non-stars, from models to architects and artists to thinkers — who help me to understand this changing world and to navigate my way through it.

Yes, we know that art can’t change the world. But these artists share a certain optimism or idealism, simply because they all, like me, believe that art is not décor to embellish a richer lifestyle, nor is it an escape into a dream world.

Art can inspire the impulse to move, to change, and to transform the world inch by inch, second by second, and step by step. Maybe these artists don’t even want to make the world better. But they show us life through a clearer lens. Because we believe that style is the answer to everything.

The first Purple Index lists 76 of the most creative people in art and fashion — in alphabetical order to avoid any kind of hierarchy. Each was photographed or portrayed through their work. Of course, this number is arbitrary. We could have gone on and shown more. We simply didn’t have enough time or enough pages. But all these artists are highly innovative and influential, not only in what they do, but also in how they do it: methodically, ironically, obsessively, or intuitively, and always with style.

We interviewed them to understand how they innovate, express themselves, and move forward in a period when creativity is everywhere and relevance is rare.” — OLIVIER ZAHM

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