Condé Nast has announced that Jim Moore will step down as Creative Director of GQ after nearly 40 years in the role. His successor is current GQ Style editor-in-chief Will Welch, who is set to take on the position as early as January 2018.
Moore joined the magazine in 1979 when the publication was still owned by Esquire. After being given a full-time role, Moore quickly made a name for himself, acquiring shoots with famed photographers such as Bruce Weber within his first year at the title. With support from then fashion director Nonnie Moore and former editor-in-chief Art Cooper, he quickly established himself as a household name.
“I don’t know any one person who’s had [a bigger] effect on the way men dress in America,” GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson told Business of Fashion. “Jim’s is an almost mythic influence. When we threw an anniversary party several years back where Kanye West performed live on stage, even Kanye rapped about the talent and legend of Jim Moore.”
From his educational stance on style to implementing the iconic image of men jumping in suits, Moore's influence on menswear and fashion journalism proved monumental for GQ. Since he started, Moore has introduced and worked with the likes of Mario Testino, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, and was reportedly the first editor to visit Virgil Abloh's showroom.
Despite his diminished duties, Moore will still uphold responsibilities as creative director-at-large. This includes contributing to the magazine's pages and special projects, one of which includes a book about his GQ years. “I’m sure when you get slightly pushed out of the nest, it’s a wobbly feeling — especially for me, it’s been my life for four decades,” Moore told BoF. “I’m really excited about staying connected to this but looking out there for other projects.”
Although details of Moore’s contract moving forward are still under discussion, we're sure he'll make a mark regardless. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with other brands and with other photographers,” he says. “I am really loyal to this magazine and this company. I’ll ways have that GQ thing inside of me."
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