British fashion recognises ‘tastemaker’ behind Dazed & Confused magazine

Jefferson Hack, who co-founded the influential 90s journal, has empowered raft of new designers, says industry

Jefferson Hack
Jefferson Hack has worked with the biggest names in the creative world, from Karl Lagerfeld to Rihanna.

“I don’t think there’s been a tougher time in fashion since I’ve been doing this,” says the tastemaker and independent publisher Jefferson Hack, who co-founded Dazed & Confused magazine in 1991. “Brexit has made it incredibly difficult to trade. The lack of visas has meant that all the collaboration between Europe and the UK is gone. And with the tailwind of the pandemic and interest rates, we’ve got this really difficult set of conditions for younger designers.”

Hack is given to viewing the world through the lens of young creatives, and the challenges they face. It is this nurturing perspective that has won him a special recognition award from the British Fashion Council (BFC) for cultural curation, due to be announced this week.

The BFC states: “Hack will be awarded for empowering youth through creativity and for creating countless opportunities for next-generation creatives working across fashion, design, art, music and more, providing a platform and supporting emerging talent.” The prize will be presented to him at the BFC’s glittering annual Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in December.

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