The eclectic illustrator and filmmaker
on visual contrasts, the tomboy look –
and her first encounter with Anna Wintour.
Monochrome realms and moving collages.Watch Film
Quentin Jones: Monochrome realms and moving collages
INSIDE QUENTIN JONES’ WORLD.
When entering Quentin Jones’ Lower Manhattan studio, it feels a bit like one has stumbled onto the set of one of her imaginative fashion films. Think outsized monochrome prints of models with Mickey Mouse ears, cartoonish cat faces, and paper cut-outs of eyes adorning the walls – the latter being one of her main obsessions, as our style profile reveals.
Collages assembled from photos, illustrations, and drawings have become the trademark look and signature style of Quentin Jones’ stop-motion shorts that have taken the fashion world by storm. Jones’ blend of humor, aesthetics, coolness, and sex appeal quickly catapulted her into the major league with Chanel as one of her earliest clients, swiftly followed by Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Victoria Beckham and US VOGUE, to name but a few.
FROM THE CATWALK TO THE STUDIO.
A shooting star career that almost never took off – considering Jones’ initial reservations about working in the fashion industry. Growing up in Toronto, Canada, the daughter of two architects was surrounded by art and design. Following a move to London – after her father won the pitch for the Royal Opera House’s redesign – she started modeling while still at school, but took temporary leave from the fashion realm to study philosophy at Cambridge. At the same time, she never lost her passion for the visual arts and decided to pursue a Master in Illustration at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It was here that she was able to rekindle her interest in fashion, switching from modeling to actively shaping her own style and creative visions.
“What I love about film is the flexibility that comes with it. It allows me to add or repeat material at any time, ensuring that the resulting collage of footage, photos, and illustrations always stays in motion until you compress the whole film together and then it becomes one,” the New York-based artist says about her creative process. Asked whether she sees a connection between her art and fashion sense, she explains that she likes “visual contrasts and – this shouldn’t be hard to spot – a lot of black. I guess half of my clothes are black! I love geometric shapes and prints and think that these sneak their way into both my work and outfits.”
To see Quentin Jones’ most prized sartorial possessions, check out the latest Style Profiles film shot by New York filmmaker Matt Black, a further installment of the video series created in collaboration with The Coveteur .