A MAGAZINE is a biannual publication, exploring the creative sphere of a selected designer in each issue. We invite a guest curator- an international fashion designer, group or house- to develop innovative, personalised content that expresses their aesthetic and cultural values.
Each issue celebrates this designer´s ethos: their people, their passion, their stories, emotions, fascinations, spontaneity and authenticity. As such A MAGAZINE exists as an entirely dynamic title- a cultural statement for individuality in an increasingly homogenous industry.
Centred around A MAGAZINE´s guest curator is a team of editors, with content provided by an international network of contributors and collaborators. Each of these creative relationships with an artist, photographer, musician, graphic designer etc. starts with a conversation. This artistic dialogue leads to beautiful projects, special friendships and a fusion of explosive talent to create work that transcends the ordinary.
A MAGAZINE is a unique niche product both on the conceptual and advertorial level. Alongside purely artistic content, we create hybrid promotional opportunities for collaborators, enabling the production of site-specific content that goes beyond common commercial restrictions.
In this issue:
A Publisher is pleased to announce that the 26th issue of A MAGAZINE curated by has been curated by Peter Do. The young Vietnamese-American designer established his eponymous line in 2018 and was named Creative Director of Helmut Lang earlier this year. Do has called upon his inner circle of friends, family and artistic collaborators to contribute cultural and creative content across the 200 page magazine.
The issue explores the idea of home, from his childhood in Biên Hòa, Vietnam to living in New York, rooted in the memories held of different places, people, objects and how one remembers. It is Do’s most intimate project to date, inviting readers to understand the internal narratives of the shy designer.
Minds from the Vietnamese diaspora, including poet and writer Ocean Vuong and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen lend their voice to the issue, while artist Anh Duong and art historian Nicolas Henni-Trinh Duc reﬂect upon the cultural heritage between East and West. Oscar nominee and cult director Trần Anh Hùng directs a series captured at wet markets in Ho Chi Minh City, alongside recipes handed down through relatives of chef Trisha Do, one of Peter’s closest friends. Historical artefacts from the Guimet Museum photographed by Nhu Xuan Hua and contextualised by curator Chuong-Đài Võ join a sweeping portfolio by Vân-Nhi Nguyễn, photographed in Biên Hòa, bringing his design full circle to places of his childhood past.
The sensory mechanisms of memory are rendered through the absence of sound, with a personal essay by New York Times bestselling author Mary HK Choi accompanied with archival imagery by Mark Borthwick. Scent is also highlighted in a photographic essay by artistic duo Hart Lëshkina, whilst the tactility of technology is captured through a double exposé by Matthieu Lavanchy and Simon Heger Knudsen.
The cover of A MAGAZINE curated by Peter Do stays true to Do’s appreciation and fascination of craft, featuring black embroidery that juxtaposes the functional details printed in silver Pantone found throughout the book. The document is an extension of Do’s precise hand and cultivated eye, a personal notebook that indexes formative memories and lasting relationships he holds dear.
Contributors include: Anh Duong, Bảo Nguyễn, Brenda Weischer, Chương-Đài Võ, Hart Lëshkina, Huy Lương, Joanna Yi, Mark Borthwick, Mary HK Choi, Matthieu Lavanchy, Newt Nguyen, Nhu Xuan Hua, Nicolas Henni-Trinh Duc, Ocean Vương, Sarah Park, Sergiy Barchuk, Simon Heger Knudsen, Trần Anh Dũng, Trần Anh Hùng, Trisha Đỗ, Vân-Nhi Nguyễn, Viet Thanh Nguyen.
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