For those of you who don't know, the WORN Fashion Journal is a bi-annual, Toronto-based publication that delivers opinion and intelligent commentary, untainted by the demands of advertisers. Its content is insightful and timeless, since it doesn't just report on trends or promote the seasonal fads.
We're obviously gaga about WORN, and we're not the only ones: in the past month it's been getting a whole lotta preemptive love. Publisher's Weekly called it a "deliciously designed, intelligent, quirky, entertaining, and provocative archive of magazine articles documents Worn’s seven years challenging fashion conventions," and Design Week praised its exploration " not just fashion and its frivolities, but how clothes, design, art and pop culture are all inextricably linked."
The book is separated by the roles fashion plays in our lives, whether it be personal, practical, or as an aspect of our identity, and there's really something here for everyone, whether you love the nitty gritty history of fashion or the minutiae of things like buttons and safety pins. The articles range from witty and intimate to immensely pragmatic (my personal favourite: Washing is Your Friend, wherein WORN answers all your laundry quandaries).
For your oooh'ing and aaah'ing enjoyment, a few more spreads:
Don't forget, the WORN Archive will also be on tour starting May 3rd, and you're not going to want to miss what is sure to be the best Secondhand Prom you've ever been to. All details below:
TORONTO, ON - Saturday May 3rd, 9 pm to 2 am
Adelaide Hall, 205 Adelaide St. W., with TYPE Books
*Tickets will be available from TYPE Books (883 Queen St. W.) as of April 21st
NEW YORK, NY - Wednesday May 14th at 7 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. with WORD
Panel Featuring Strong Female Leads, details below:
The appearance of women in publishing is often regarded as a new scientific phenomenon: categorized, ranked, identities reduced to pie charts in the name of diversity. But the lack of diverse voices seen on bylines isn't a new problem; likewise, the emergence of women-run magazines, mastheads, and imprints is not an overnight phenomenon. Women have always been active consumers and producers of all kinds of written media. They've developed strong communities, engaged loyal readers, and built substantial archives - achievements that cannot be measured in numbers and statistics.
Join WORN Fashion Journal and Drawn & Quarterly for a panel discussion featuring Ayesha A. Siddiqi, Laurie Henzel, Marjon Carlos, and Serah-Marie McMahon. Our panelists come from various kinds of media - from independent print publishing to brand new digital platforms. Together with moderator Fiona Duncan, they'll discuss their thoughts, experiences, opinions, and goals as women creating space for original kinds of publishing on their own terms and measured by their own standards.
MONTREAL, QC - Thursday May 22nd at 8 pm
La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boul. Saint-Laurent with Librairie D+Q
*Tickets on sale at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, as of April 22! $5
OTTAWA, ON - Saturday May 24th, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Victoire, 246 Dalhousie
Cocktails and vintage record listening party
A sign off feels appropriate, n'est pas? xoxo, Wornettes!