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Magazine - 8A Book

8A Book

  • Object:


  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Courtney, Attracta (Creative director)
    Shore, Ann (Creative Director)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bound magazine, with pages printed in ink on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Tanya Ling

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503, case FD, shelf 19

In 2009, international makeup artist and founder of 8A Attracta Courtney collaborated with Ann Shore the fashion stylist, together they teamed as creative directors to publish an honest celebration of beauty in all its unique forms.

8 leading male designers were asked what femininity meant to them. In 8A a collection of noteworthy quotes are featured alongside contributions from artists, including Tanya Ling’s striking textural painted interpretations of Chanel, Lanvin and YSL collections. The book also features interviews with Turner prize winner Gillian Wearing and the gallerist Maureen Paley. Interviews featuring Diane Vreeland, Andy Warhol and David Bailey from the 70s have been reprinted in their original format, from the archive of photographer Perry Ogden.

Images: The front cover, Text by Lucia Van der Post (page 5), ‘Coquettes’, illustration by Tanya Ling (page 17), ‘Beautiful’, photo montage by Jeon Seung Hwan (page 57), ‘Secret’, illustration by Eva Hjelte (Page 71), ‘OM’, photo by Roger Deckker (page 139)

Physical description

Magazine with bright orange and pink cover




Courtney, Attracta (Creative director)
Shore, Ann (Creative Director)

Materials and Techniques

Bound magazine, with pages printed in ink on paper.


Height: cm, Width: cm, Depth: cm

Object history note

Information on the Production of 8A from Attracta Courtney
"We desired as Creative Directors to create a fresh unique forward thinking fashion/beauty/art inspired publication, An intelligent visual medium that had a profound subtext, aimed to refresh and instill upon the reader the immense power of beauty when presented in its pure form. It was a journey for artists chosen, to be given an unhindered freedom of creative expression linked to a chosen theme.
In a hand numbered limited edition we worked with some of the industry’s best artists, photographers and wordsmiths to arrive at an eclectic mix of beautiful imaginary that was powerful, confident and challenging to explore new notions of beauty. Moving away from the commercial world of adverts, we sought to bring a refreshing style of art, photography and true craftsmanship which would stand out in the passage of time - a space for creatives to share their passionate artistic expression."

Descriptive line

8A Book, Chapter One, 2009

Production Note

Limited edition, printed run of 500 which were all hand numbered. 8A was printed on heavy weight recycled paper over 160 pages and exclusively sold via Paul Smith stores.


Paper; Glue; Ink


Printed; Bound



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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