Pigeons and Peacocks an upcoming magazine launches into the future but with what amibition? Will this magazine survive the creative world?
By Rebecca Leggott
Pigeons and Peacocks a magazine launched by London College of Fashion in 2008. It is a magazine highlighting the elements of fashion and culture. Within the magazine you have some of the best designers of our time, photographers, illustrators and people who want to have say in the world. Along with the magazine there is also a website detailing exclusive features, videos and editiorials.
There are so many aspects to making this magazine. They have the official materials included from the students, staff, graduates and the industry but they also welcome submitted work by the public with the chance of it being posted on thier blog. The blog is full of articles, photographs and illustrations written by the students and by people who have contributed to the magazine. It is a place where peoples voices can be heard and ideas to be wanted. John William the editor in chief and creative director is constantly invloved with the magazine always making posts on the blog.
There have been reoccouring photographers included in the magazine such as Martha Boxley who has done a wide range of photography varying from fashion to editioral to travel. Her work is often featured in the magazine with more than a double page spread. Martha Boxley has covered many aspects in photography becoming an established photographer, it states on her website all her exhibitions and clients which is constantly increasing.
In 2011 Pigeons and Peacocks presented their work in the form of a ‘Pecha Kucha’ at the Barbican. The artists portraying thier inspirations and influences of their work to others inspiring them in the process. All the information and illustrations created and written by current and previous London College of Fashion students being broadcasted to the public.
To this day there is currently 5 issues in the magazine series each invididual magazine sporting new ideas and making fashion history. Every year each issue grows bigger and better with new material and information flowing from the students imaginations. When you look at the amount of writers and photographers invloved in the first issue compared to the latest issue it clear to see that each issue grows gaining more publicity everytime. The magazine has become more publized recently as it is being stocked in big brand shops such as WHSmith and popular newsagents. The magazine is also displayed and for at the London College of Fashion itself.
Too become more widely known they have joined on with the socail media phase. Creating a page on facebook and tweeting on twitter, gaining more views and having a lot more press will take this magazine far as there are thousands of upcoming photographers looking for thier break in the fashion and editorial industry. Pigeons and Peacocks would the be perfect setting for them as it gives you the opportunity to join in and be a part of the magazine.
Fashion. Thought. Revolution
Issue no.4 Kiss the future features ‘Rumours’ by Hayley Louisa Brown a London based photographer. She studied BA Fashion Photography in 2010 at London College of Fashion. She has done work ranging from editiorial to music to moving image. Her feature has a ten page spread from the begining of the magazine.
“Do you think having your work presented in Pigeons and Peacocks has given you more recognition?”
Yes. It has given me a good platform to help raise my publicity.
“How has your career changed since having your work shown in the magazine?”
It has given me more photographing opportunites opening more doors.
“Would you like your work to be included in the magazine on a regular basis?”
Yes. I enjoy working with the people involved and it is a steady platform for me to grow.
“What do you think will become of the magazine in the future?”
I think it will change people’s lives as it is constantly gaining more publicity this will attract important people opening up new careers for the graduating students. It has already grown so much over 5 issues it will end up being twice as big with two times the amount of photographs.
Pigeons and Peacocks supports the concept of getting everyone involved which will help keep it upcoming and new. With various styles and personalities constantly changing throughout the magazine it is always fresh and modern. Keeping up with changes in the industry will help keep this magazine on top, with bright new graduates looking for a break in thier career ‘Pigeons and Peacocks’ will never be boring. It is an original production one of a kind that just needs more recognition in the world
but… as this magazine continues to grow who can predict where it will end up in the future.