London based fashion writer Dal Chodha is Editor of non-seasonal publication Archivist. He contributes to various international titles including METAL, VOGUE India and Telegraph Magazine, and he has been a guest editor for both Paul Smith Jeans and Kenzo. A consultant to several luxury brands, he also works as a lecturer. In September 2008 he co-founded bi-annual lifestyle publication b Magazine, editing the title until its sixth and final issue in November 2012.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would love to be featured in a collage by Kalen Hollomon or appear in Christian Marclay’s The Clock, checking the time on my phone at around midnight.
Who inspires you and why? an artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
I love the work of designer Paula Gerbase for her label 1205; she is uncompromising in her quest for purity and restraint in clothing. I think Maria Lemos, with her shop Mouki Mou on London’s Chiltern Street focused on a simple, sensual and relaxed approach to living, is wonderful (and timely in a post internet age). The photographer Guy Bourdin’s work always excites me and I long for a return to the drama and fantasy of John Galliano’s era.
What are your cultural aspirations? what do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I think that talking publically about your aspirations and ambitions is a bit dull. I don’t live life with any grand plan but fundamentally, I hope that what I do and say manages to hover above the vast amount of poor quality fashion writing and communication that I think we are fed far too much of.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
I was in awe of Chicago when I was there almost two years ago. The amount of public art and sculpture really inspired me and more importantly, people were engaging with the works, not just taking selfies with them. The works had a bigger aim than just filling empty urban space. The city just felt alive and everything seemed possible; it felt much more free spirited than New York, which surprised me. Also, I think everyone must visit Iceland once in his or her lifetime because there is no better artist than Mother Nature. The landscape in Iceland has the power to transcend me much further than most of the works in contemporary art galleries or museums.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I am working on the next issue of Archivist, which is a non-seasonal journal that seeks to question the cyclical nature of fashion. I am interested in how the digital age, through offering us so much information, takes the value of knowledge away by giving us little context. It is a very exciting time to be working in the arts right now because in some ways, we are headed into the unknown. November 2014.