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Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ Magazine

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Editor of leading men's magazine GQ for fifteen years, Dylan Jones determines style well beyond London. In his talk he proposes that there is "Life still in them magazines".

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Dylan John Jones OBE (born 1960) is a British journalist who has served as editor of the UK version of men's fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ since 1999. He has held senior roles with several other publications, including editor of magazines i-D and Arena, and has contributed weekly columns to newspapers The Independent and The Mail on Sunday.

Jones attended Chelsea School of Art and then Saint Martin's School of Art in London where he studied graphic design, film and photography. He began his career in journalism at i-D magazine in 1983, becoming Editor in 1984 before moving to Arena in 1987 to serve as Editor. At that same time, he was also a Contributing Editor at The Face, writing cover stories on individuals including Jean Paul Gaultier and Neneh Cherry. Following that, he worked as associate editor of The Observer magazine when it was relaunched with Simon Kelner in 1992, and then moved to The Sunday Times where he held various positions.

In 1999, Jones moved to Condé Nast and took over GQ. He is credited with bringing in a roster of high quality writers including Dominic Lawson, Will Self, A.A. Gill, Ed Victor and Tom Wolfe, as well as taking the magazine in a more political direction. He notably hired Boris Johnson as the magazine's car correspondent. GQ was also the first magazine to feature David Cameron on its cover, soon after he became leader of the Conservative Party.

At the BSME Awards 2012 Dylan Jones received the Mark Boxer Award for lifetime achievement honouring him not only for his work on GQ but for his entire career in journalism.

Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the publishing and British fashion industries.

Jones has published biographies of Jim Morrison and Paul Smith and two anthologies of journalism. He is the author of the book, iPod Therefore I Am: A Personal Journey Through Music documenting his musical tastes and how the iPod music player has transformed it. His book Mr Jones' Rules for the Modern Man is an etiquette guide containing advice on how a modern man should behave. It has since been published in 15 countries. Published in August 2008 by Fourth Estate, Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones was based on a series of interviews with the Tory leader over the course of a year. It was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of The Year.

In 2012 Jones wrote three further books, When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World, The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music and From the Ground Up: U2 360° Tour Official Photobook.

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