Andy Gotts has been a celebrity photographer for 30 years. With the motto that 'photography is 80% luck, 10% talent, 10% champagne with a portfolio full of rude jokes' I am pretty sure there are another 30 years shooting left to come. Gotts's unique way of photographing the most famous faces in the world in a raw unedited style, has elevated him to become one of the current most sought-after photographers. His clients include; George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp to Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson. From Ozzy Osbourne to Dolly Parton. From BB King to Coldplay. From Kate Moss to Twiggy.
Gotts shoots in a very relaxed way, with no assistants milling around, no hair/makeup/grooming to slow the process down. Just music, champagne and laughs. This is how he achieves to bring out the 'real' person behind the famous name. He even famously managed to encourage Harrison Ford to gurn for his lens and also capture an iconic shot of Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart clowning around.
Gotts's most noted achievements to date includes BAFTA - BEHIND THE MASK, which is a collection of portraits of every actor who has won a BAFTA. DEGREES, which was a nine-year project photographing a chain of celebrity 'who known who' of Hollywood. Monty Python: The Reunion, Gotts was the only official photographer (and honorary Python) who photographed the very last time Python performed together over five nights at the O2. Currently Gotts is finishing up a magnum opus for Elton John entitled 'iCons'.
A former President of the British Institute of Professional Photographers; recipient of the Fox Talbot Award for excellence in photography; received an MBE for his contribution to photography.
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, PAPER MAGAZINE
In 2014, Micky Boardman broke the Internet. As Paper Magazine's editorial director, he is the man responsible for the infamous Jean-Paul Goude shoot - 'Break The Internet Kim Kardashian'. The shoot featured the reality TV star naked and glistening, slick with baby oil. The images spread like wildfire across the Internet, turned into a plethora of memes, and were commented on heavily across social-media platforms. It was, without a doubt, the most controversial cover of the year.
Boardman has also worked with other provocative artists such as Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus on covers for the magazine. The editor grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, joining Paper Magazine as an intern after studying Fashion Design at Parson's School of Design. Since 1993 he has written an advice column "Ask Mr. Mickey" for the magazine, notorious for its witty responses to reader's woeful questions.
Boardman is an institution on the New York social and fashion scenes and has been recognised by New York Magazine as one of the "Most Photographed Faces in New York". Described by David Hershkovits to New York Magazine as "a great connector and a great people person," he has been featured in a number of fashion books including Smile i-D: Fashion & Style and Simon Doonan's Eccentric Glamour.
Hilary AlexanderFASHION JOURNALIST & INDUSTRY AUTHORITY
"I'm not really a minimalist," one of the most important modern fashion journalists says of herself. And seeing her at the fashion shows, it's not difficult to believe her: her printed skirts, ethnic jewellery, headgear, glasses and mahogany bob have become Hilary Alexander's trademarks. Hilary was born in New Zealand, where she went to art and design night school, and got into fashion by chance. Her first job was for the Hong Kong Development Council. After a trip to China in 1969, she became Fashion Editor for the China Mail. In 1982, she moved to London, where three years later she became Fashion Editor of the prestigious Daily Telegraph, becoming editor of the fashion section mid-way through the 90s. Hilary often lends her fashion expertise on television with her most recent project, 'Britain's Next Top Model' airing on Lifetime TV.
Twice named British Fashion Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, she was awarded the title Visiting Professor by the University of the Arts and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design by Nottingham Trent University. She is a valued judge for the Scottish Fashion Awards, Graduate Fashion Week, the Bright Young Gems at International Jewellery London, and a member of the British Fashion Council's management and press committees.
Adding to her numerous accolades, Hilary received the Eugenia Sheppard Award for journalism from the CFDA. Alongside Suzy Mendes, she is one of the symbols of British fashion journalism.
HEAD OF FASHION & LUXURY GOODS - LONDON EVENING STANDARD & ES MAGAZINE
Although a barrister by training, Maurice's media career began in 1986 with a two-year stint at B2B publisher Haymarket before moving to his first consumer magazine job working with renowned Editor Glenda Bailey on the launch of the UK Edition of 'Marie Claire'.
Seven years at the London Evening Standard and its supplement 'ES' Magazine followed before his next move to a group commercial role on 'Elle' Magazine, 'Elle Decoration' and 'Red'.
He was subsequently invited to return to the Standard in 1999 as Head of Fashion and Luxury Goods with responsibility for representing the title portfolio in fashion capitals Paris, Milan and New York as well as London.
1999 also saw him invited to join the British Fashion Council on whose advisory board he still sits.
Maurice is a founder member of the UK chapter of Fashion Group International and an honorary member of 'The Industry' (formerly 'Fashion Business Club'). He has been an occasional contributor to the M.A. Fashion course at the Royal College of Art and currently holds a visiting Fellowship at the London College of Fashion.
Extramurally he is a regular contributor to debates and panel discussions on fashion & luxury goods matters and sits on the judging panels for the Scottish Fashion Awards; the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards; the Graduate Fashion Awards and the British Fashion Awards.
When not engaged in matters sartorial his personal passions include contemporary theatre, European city breaks and a quest for the perfect vodka martini.
EDITOR - HELLO FASHION MONTHLY
Jill started her career in the style industry as fashion assistant on the launch of Emap's Minx magazine in 1996 and worked her way up to Fashion Editor. She then went on to freelance for various magazines including, Elle, Sunday Times Style, Marie Claire and The Guardian Weekend before taking a position as Contributing Fashion Editor on Elle girl! She continued to freelance there while setting up her own company and styling for other titles and commercial clients from celebrities, interiors, catalogues, advertising and pop videos. She joined Time Inc's LOOK magazine in the research stage as Associate Editor, at the helm of the fashion and beauty teams in 2006 and helped launch the magazine in 2007. LOOK quickly established itself as Britain's biggest selling fashion magazine selling over 1.2million copies per month. In 2012 she went on to launch and edit Clique magazine, Britain's first interactive magazine, a fashion, beauty and lifestyle title with cutting edge technology, that allowed readers to shop straight from the page using their mobile phones. She joined Hello! Fashion Monthly as Deputy Editor in the development phase in 2014 and was promoted to editor earlier this year.
TRAVEL EDITOR AT COSMOPOLITAN
Cosmo's globetrotter (65 countries so far!) and a freelance travel journalist for publications such as The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times, I'm as happy in a VW Camper in Cornwall as I am in a five-star in the Seychelles (though if you're going to make me choose, I'll take the Indian Ocean island option, ta). I've jumped off waterfalls in Bavaria, tracked leopards in Oman, dived with 40 sharks in the Galapagos, learnt to surf hungover in Hawaii, circled Mount Everest and danced in Trinidad carnival covered in mud at sunrise. No, I can't get you an upgrade.
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