30-year-old has just returned to the UK after a two-year stint working in New York, to “settle down” and make a home with her entrepreneur boyfriend, George Northcott. Her aesthete’s eye turns to her bookshelves, where her art and fashion tomes are perfectly arranged by spine color. Northcott
Shirt by Band of Outsiders; skirt by Isabel Marant; shoes by Church’s
has yet to move his collection of academic history books into their home. “I’m not sure they’ll look as pretty as mine,” the artist smiles, brow arched. Suffice to say, Quentin Jones is a details person.
You may not necessarily know her face (feline-green eyes, cheekbones you could ski down, a smattering of freckles), but you’ll certainly recognize Jones’ work: she specializes in short fashion films with clients including Chanel, Kenzo and Victoria Beckham. While fashion imagery is typically sleek and glossy, Jones gives her work a lo-fi feel using stop-motion photography, roughly hewn collage gifs that are ripped apart as quickly as they appear, grungy illustrations and a monochromatic palette. Cats, eyes and lips are recurring motifs. It’s surreal, playful and a little bit naughty, and that subversive streak stems back to Jones’ childhood in London. “I was always getting into trouble at school. I had a lot of spirit and I was a nuisance,” she smiles.
The daughter of two architects (her father is Edward Jones of British firm Dixon Jones), she grew up in a visual milieu, spending her time painting and running around galleries while her parents viewed the artwork. At 15, Jones was scouted at her school’s parent-teacher evening by parent and Storm Model Management founder Sarah Doukas, aka the woman who discovered Kate Moss. Jones did editorial and commercial catalogue modeling for several years, using the money she earned to pursue her creative passions. After studying philosophy at Cambridge University, where she indulged her artistic side working as a fashion editor for the university
newspaper, Varsity, Jones went on to study illustration at Central
“We’re in such a clean, DIGITAL era… I think people like to SEE SOMETHING that feels handmade and RAW”
Saint Martins in London. Her big break came in 2010, when she created a video for AnOther magazine. The short featured animated dancing fingers, inspired by Chanel nail polish. Chanel commissioned her to make films for the brand and, fast-forward five years, she is now the go-to girl for quirky viral fashion films.
Since then, Jones has also illustrated a range of Smythson accessories and worked with Miley Cyrus, after the singer
Shirt and top by Étoile Isabel Marant; shorts by Frame Denim