On Tuesday morning, FKA twigs released the second issue to her Instagram-exclusive zine called AVANTgarden. The release of the second issue, titled “AVANTgarden issue 2. dream warrior,” came about one month after the debut issue of the zine which centered around the versatility of black beauty and hair trends and encouraged black women to “embrace their heritage.” Issue 1, “ROOTS ∙ SHOCK ∙ BEAUTY,” brought attention especially to the historic trend of hair braiding in the black community and was met with a lot of praise.
twigs creative directed both the first and second issue of AVANTGarden, but we get to see some of her writing incorporated into issue 2. “Dream warrior” features a poem written by twigs that frames the models — clad in intricate, silk pajamas — and set design in each image of the zine. The tone of the poem matches the ethereal vibe of the images in the zine and also mimics the emotion that twigs often evokes in her music. The combination of the soft style with the gentle, yet haunting poem paints a wonderfully complex experience.
We’re looking forward to seeing what magic FKA twigs and the artists she’s bringing together create in the next issue of AVANTGarden. Check out the zine and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
AVANTgarden issue 2. dream warrior Creative Director: FKA twigs @fkatwigs Poem: FKA twigs @fkatwigs Editor: Suzannah Pettigrew @suz_p Photography and post production: David Uzochukwu @daviduzochukwu Styling: Matthew Josephs @matthew_josephs MUA: Daniel Sallstrom @daniel_s_makeup Hair: Rio Sreedharan @rio_hair Casting: Matthew Josephs @matthew_josephs Set Design: Suzannah Pettigrew @suz_p Lighting Assistant: Reece Sweeney @reece.owen Models: Roman @niiagency / Tobias, Tristan, Kai and Ayo @brothermodels Layout: Suzannah Pettigrew @suz_p / David Uzochukwu @daviduzochukwu / Matt de Jong @go_dejong Special thanks to @violettafanciesyou for helping develop the pyjamas <3