Details (magazine)

Details was an American monthly men's magazine that was published by Condé Nast, founded in 1982 by Annie Flanders.[2] Though primarily a magazine devoted to fashion and lifestyle, Details also featured reports on relevant social and political issues.[3][4] In November 2015 Condé Nast announced that the magazine would cease publication with the issue of December 2015/January 2016.[5]

Cover of April 2009 issue
Editor-in-ChiefDan Peres
CategoriesFashion, lifestyle, politics
PublisherCondé Nast
Total circulation
(December 2012)
Year founded1982
Final issueDecember 2015
CompanyAdvance Publications
CountryUnited States


Alan Patricof bought the magazine in 1988. Condé Nast bought the magazine a year later for $2 million.[6] Its current format stems from an October 2000, relaunch of the title, following a transfer of the magazine from Condé Nast to sibling division Fairchild Publications.[7]

Between its last issue at Condé Nast and first at Fairchild, publication of Details was temporarily suspended. This allowed for extensive redesign and strategic repositioning of the magazine.

Staff contributors

Frequent contributors included Augusten Burroughs, Michael Chabon, and Bill Cunningham.

Its editor was Dan Peres, the former husband of Australian actress Sarah Wynter.[8] He was appointed to the post in 2000.[8]

Previous contributors have included Beauregard Houston-Montgomery.[9]


In 2004, Details published a piece titled "Gay or Asian?" that featured a photo of an East Asian man, and "tips" on how to tell the difference.[10] Some of the text that accompanied the photo: "One cruises for chicken; the other takes it General Tso-style. Whether you're into shrimp balls or shaved balls, entering the dragon requires imperial tastes."

The article generated protests over its racism and homophobia—and over how it erased the existence of gay Asian men. To protest, LGBT Asian American individuals and groups came together and held demonstrations.[11]

Music Matters CDs

From 1991 to 1999 the magazine produced sampler CDs which were sent out to current subscribers free of charge. While the CDs concentrated on then current music, older songs were included as well. The initial CD was produced by Andrea Norlander of MTV, who oversaw concept, musical content, design, and marketing of the project.

  • 1991: Music Matters [Summer 1991]
  • 1991: Music Matters [Holiday 1991]
  • 1992: Music Matters Volume 3
  • 1992: Music Matters Volume 4
  • 1993: Music Matters Volume 5 (There were one and two CD versions of this volume.)
  • 1994: Music Matters Volume 6
  • 1995: Music Matters Volume 7
  • 1996: Music Matters Volume 8
  • 1997: Music Matters Volume 9
  • 1998: Music Matters Volume 10
  • 1999: Details 2000 Tomorrow's Music Today!


  1. "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  2. Emmis Communications (June 1996). Cincinnati Magazine. Emmis Communications. p. 22–. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  3. New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. October 1, 1990. p. 39. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  4. Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. March 2003. p. 116. ISSN 1522-9149. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  5. Judah Robinson (November 18, 2015). "Condé Nast Halts Publication of Details Magazine". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  6. Matthew Rose (March 21, 2000). "Advance Publications to Close Details And Relaunch It as a Fashion Magazine". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  7. Kuczynski, Alex, "Details Editor Ousted and the Magazine Will Go to Fairchild, Jamie Billimoria being the editor," New York Times (March 21, 2000): C13.
  8. "Details editor Dan Peres, Sarah Wynter split amid affair rumors". Page Six. February 21, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  9. Vanity Fair. Condé Nast Publications. 1996. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  10. Karen Sakai (April 9, 2004). "'Gay or Asian?' Spread Causes Minority Uproar". Asia Pacific Arts. UCLA Asia Institute. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  11. Esther Wang (April 1, 2014). "Beyond the #Hashtag: Movement Building Lessons from #CancelColbert". Race Files. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
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