Meet the Mag: 1905

Considering they only launched their online magazine about a year ago, Mariah Romero and Darnell Thomas, students at Santa Fe University of Art & Design and the editors of "1905," have an impressively refined point of view on art and fashion. Curious about how to manage life as a full-time student and produce a gorgeous magazine at the same time? Read on.

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Can you tell us a little bit about how 1905 came to be?

We were taking a graphic design class together at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and we realized there were no fashion resources in the SFUAD community. So, we created one! It started with fun fashion photo shoots and collaborating with graphic designers, photographers, and writers. As time went on, it transitioned into more of a lifestyle magazine, in which we included many different relatable topics tied together with the 1905 aesthetic.

"We want to emphasize that you don't need to have a lot of money to express yourself with style."

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And how would you describe that aesthetic in five words?

Emerging, clean, contemporary, bold, inclusive—that's what we aim for, at least!

Founders Darnell Thomas and Mariah Romero. Photographed by Hawie Veniegas
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What makes 1905 different?

We feature men, women, and everyone in between—we do not discriminate. We want to emphasize that you don't need to have a lot of money to express yourself with style. All of our photoshoots are very low budget. It's a collaboration between young people who just want to make cool content and have fun while doing so.

"It's a collaboration between young people who just want to make cool content and have fun while doing so."

How do submissions fit into each issue?

Lately we've been thinking closely about the design and mood of 1905. When we're getting ready for a new issue we send our contributors photographs that inspire us in the hope that they will also inspire them. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. We're still learning so much about communication and about having a dialogue about art.

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How did you land on the name 1905?

Did you know that Christian Dior was born January 21, 1905? We really do appreciate and respect the aesthetic that Christian Dior gave to the world. He had a way of keeping his designs clean and elegant, but also bold, which we love. We didn't create 1905 dedicated to Christian Dior specifically, but he is someone who influences us.

"I'm inspired by people who are confident in what they wear." — Darnell Thomas, 1905 co-editor

What inspires your own personal style?

Mariah Romero: I'm a graphic designer, which shows a lot in my personal style. I love to be comfortable, and I love the beauty in simplicity. I'm really inspired by street fashion, and I am also inspired by certain materials—I love linen, cotton, and denim.

Darnell Thomas: I'm inspired by people who are confident in what they wear. My style is based on how I'm feeling on that particular day. Being able to throw on anything and make it work is really fun and funky. I can be super '90s one day, then very colorful and playful the next.

Vol. 8 focused on style around the world. Photographed by Saul G. Hodgers

And what inspired the style of the magazine?Dazed & Confused has such a hip, authentic vibe that we love. Kinfolk has a really clean design that is very mature. Darling, based out of L.A., is very fun and inclusive. Also Fantastic Man and The Gentlewoman, for sure! Even though these magazines cater to different audiences, we appreciate them for their unique qualities.

What does the future of 1905 look like?

An official website is coming soon! Since this magazine is only digital, it will be nice to see it printed and chillin' on coffee tables one day. Hopefully we will have the privilege to sell printed copies locally—fingers crossed.

To read 1905 magazine, check out their digital editions on yumpu.com.

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