I took half an hour out of my (not so) hectic schedule earlier this week to listen to Radio 4’s documentary on The Face. You can listen again here for six days and I definitely recommend that you do because it’s an interesting listen. A lot of it covered ground that I’d done at uni as part of various projects on style ~tribes~ but there are some great interviewees and talking heads and what with the current obsession with zines and indie publishing, it served as a timely reminder of how groundbreaking The Face was.
As I was born in 1984, I’m a bit young to have lived through the golden years of the mag, but I guess I started buying it in the early 90s when I wanted something a bit beefier than Melody Maker to accompany me on a car journey. I know most people thought it was pretty much over by then but whatevs, I’d rather have been reading that than Select, right? I have a huge stash of them under the bed at my mum’s house which ideally I will transport to London at some point when I have a vehicle to call my own… I spent ages today looking through old Face scans so here you go with some of my most memorable ones;
I think we all remember this issue… My copy of this one is actually in London and the spine is completely cracked from me photocopying the life out of it at uni/college. So many great editorials, ah happy days.
Eternal? Dale Winton?? Cast??? Who cares, it has Uma and if you’d just been to see her as Poison Ivy in your shell suit at Crystal Peaks Multiplex, you’d have loved it too. How BOT is her hair and makeup??
Let’s talk for a minute about how great Chloe looks with a crop. I thought this was Robyn on my first glance!
Man, how hard did I try to get this hairstyle.
This is one of my absolute favourite ever covers. At this age all I wanted in life was an X Girl/Hysteric Glamour/Stussy t-shirt but Sheffield didn’t offer such goods and on my trips to Afflecks Palace I was way too intimidated to even think about going in the shops that probably would have had them. Love the hair and makeup now and HOW NICE is it to see happy girls on the cover of a magazine?
Here’s a selection of my favourite editorials… I could happily have gone on for pages.
Uh-mazing. She looks about 10!
These horns are like… amaze.
I’ve got a photocopy of this on my wall that has followed me around since… whenever this issue came out.