The Story of The Face: the magazine that changed culture

The Story of The Face: the magazine that changed culture

A new tome pays homage to the legendary youth culture magazine

Britain’s radical youth culture landscape found its first champion with The Face, an iconic monthly magazine charting vanguard music and boundary-breaking fashion from 1980 to 2004. Headed by Nick Logan (formally editor of NME and Smash Hits), readers would discover ingenious photography by the likes of Bruce Weber, ere-defining Buffalo fashion styling by Ray Petri and exclusive cover stories spotlighting Prince, David Bowie, and a wide-eyed 15-year-old Kate Moss.

The Story of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture surveys this impressive history across 352 pages and 440 illustrations, alongside detailed narration by writer and journalist Paul Gorman. The two-part tome charts its self-funded beginnings, career-defining collaborations and influential design, while chronicling a libel suit and falling circulation in its latter years.

The Face’s counterculture curiosity and anti-establishment values are still embodied by many youth culture publications out today, namely Dazed and Confused and i-D magazine. A testament to the power and impact of print, The Story is must-have bookshelf addition for former readers, magazine buffs and style obsessives alike.

The Story of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture, published by Thames & Hudson on 9 November

  • Words: Monique Todd

  • Photography: Photography: Courtesy of Thames & Hudson