Even now, five years after it was first launched, Twin Magazine is something like newsagent royalty, towering high above other biannuals with a hardback cover and glossy finish that make it feel more like a book than a magazine. Bringing art and fashion together with its unique and considered aesthetic, the publication prides itself on the wealth of imagery it contains, and it’s not difficult to see why.
The brand new 10th issue is no exception to the identity Twin has carved out for itself, including features about an elderly Arizonan acrobatic dance troupe, a series by dream duo Jess Bonham and Anna Lomax which takes balloons to their extreme, a collection of early exhibition invitations and several stunning fashion editorials. We spoke to founder and creative director Becky Smith about her inspirations and her favourite features.
“My starting point might be someone who I’ve admired for years, who we need to track down again and find,” Becky explains. “In this issue we managed to get 89 year-old Jane Bown, a woman who has photographed all the greats, from American president Richard Nixon, to Margaret Thatcher and the Queen. David Bailey is one of her fans! This is a rare and beautifully candid look into her work and her home.
“One of my favourite stories is by duo Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer, both regular Paris Vogue contributors who are new to Twin. They shot the new It-girl Drake Burnette, and managed to get her naked too! I also commissioned Jess Bonham and Anna Lomax to get together to create a colourful and playful take on this season’s best accessories.
“Photographer Danielle Levitt is another regular contributor who came back for the 10th issue. We sent her to California to find the Arizonian dance troupe called ‘Sun City Poms,’ whose ages range from the youngest at 57 to 82. Banana split and all!”