About Details Magazine

First Issue:
October 2000

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Vintage Details Magazine

The History of Details Magazine

Details magazine, established in 1982 by Annie Flanders, was a monthly men’s magazine published by Condé Nast. Initially, it was focused on fashion and lifestyle but also covered social and political issues. Throughout its history, the magazine was known for its contributions to fashion photography, especially the work of Bill Cunningham during the 1980s. Cunningham was known for his coverage of high-profile fashion shows and his photographs that captured the essence of each garment while conveying a sense of movement.

The magazine underwent several transformations over the years. In 2000, Dan Peres was appointed as the editor-in-chief, a position he held for 15 years. Details also faced controversies, one of the most notable being in 2004 when it published a piece titled “Gay or Asian?” which generated protests for its racism and homophobia.

Details was also known for its Music Matters CDs, produced from 1991 to 1999, which featured a mix of current and older songs and were sent to subscribers free of charge.

Unfortunately, Details magazine ceased publication in 2015. The magazine’s history reflects its impact on men’s fashion and lifestyle journalism, its influence on fashion photography, and its role in the controversies of its time.

For more in-depth information, you can refer to the articles from Wikipedia, Gallery 98, and Infogalactic.