Dylan John Jones "OBE (born 1960) is an English journalist and author 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 has penned multiple books.
Jones was born in "Ely, Cambridgeshire. He 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 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.
Since joining GQ, the magazine has won 34 awards. Having won the BSME Men's Editor of the Year Award six times during his tenure at GQ, Jones was also recognised for the Brand Building Initiative of the Year 2007 for the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards. 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 had a weekly column in the magazine supplement of "The Mail on Sunday.
In 2010, Jones collaborated with "David Bailey on British Heroes in Afghanistan, a celebration of British fighting heroes in "Afghanistan, both inside "Camp Bastion and outside, with sales benefiting the charity Help for Heroes. Jones is Vice President of "Hay Festival, and is also co-chair of the 2011 Norman Mailer Benefit Gala Dinner, being held in "New York City. He was Chairman of the Prince's Trust's, Fashion Rocks Monaco, in 2007, and in 2012 was appointed the Chair of the 2012 Menswear Committee by the "British Fashion Council, helping to organise Britain's very first "London Collections: Men.
Jones has written biographies of musician "Jim Morrison and fashion designer "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 "Conservative Party leader over the course of a year. It was shortlisted for the "Channel 4 Political Book of The Year.
In 2012, Jones wrote three 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. The following year, Jones wrote The Eighties: One Day, One Decade, which was published by Preface Publishing in June 2013. The book is part autobiographical and part cultural and political history which charts the story of the Eighties through Live Aid in 1985.
Jones wrote of his support for the "Conservative Party in an article in 2008, a political choice he claims caused his friends to treat him "like a man who had just admitted he not only enjoyed the music of "Phil Collins, but also kept bound volumes of illegal pornography in his attic." Dylan Jones was a prominent supporter of the London "Garden Bridge Project. In 2017, he expressed criticism on "Jeremy Corbyn and his demeanour during a British GQ cover shoot.