BLITZ magazine was a monthly media, fashion & pop culture magazine, founded in 1980 by university students Carey Labovitch and Simon Tesler. It was one of a trio of British "style" magazines which established a broad following internationally as well as in the UK, paving the way for the lads magazines of the early 1990s. It closed in 1991.
Among the many talented writers, photographers and stylists who contributed over the years were Iain R Webb, Nick Knight, Paul Morley, Fiona Russell Powell, Russell Young, Ian Parker, Susannah Frankel, Simon Garfield, Paul Mathur, Jim Shelley, Jonh Wilde, Richard Croft, Mark Cordery, Johnny Black, Mike Owen, Angie Errigo and Kim Bowen.
| BLITZ: A history, and the tale of 22 jackets
In July 1986, BLITZ published an issue featuring images of 22 Levi’s denim jackets that had been customised by some of the world’s most lauded designers – Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Katherine Hamnett among them. The jackets went on to be worn during a special evening of performance, and were displayed at the V&A. BLITZ founder and publisher Carey Labovitch and the magazine’s fashion editor Iain R Webb speak about the thrills of setting the magazine up, its unique editorial approach and give us the full story behind the designer denim jacket project. Jackets from the collection are currently featured in the Club To Catwalk exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.