April 2014

WORN Fashion Journal


WORN Fashion Journal is based out of Toronto and published twice a year. WORN began with a Canadian University posting asking "Do you like fashion but hate fashion magazines?" Hence, WORN''s unique format and content. "WORN," according to its website, "discusses the cultures, subcultures, histories, and personal stories of fashion. We strive to embody a place between pop culture magazine and academic journal that opens new avenues in art and fashion theory by hovering where these two ideas intersect, connecting with fashion scholars and artists. We pay attention to how what is worn is made, interpreted, transformed, disseminated, and copied." Many issues have a theme; Issue 15 is "The Hair Issue" and Issue 18 is "The Underwear Issue." Like an academic journal, it is a smaller format (6.5" X 8.5") and includes articles about topics ranging from "How open-crotch Victorian drawers protected a lady's modesty" to "How some female felons used fashion to aid, abet, and adorn" ; Like a fashion magazine, it is filled with brightly colored images and multi-page fashion photo shoots. One admirable feature is that each issue works actively towards inclusivity and diversity. Models are multi-ethnic, some models are very large or visibly transgendered. The more academic articles as well as personal narratives include non-gender normative topics like "Femme (in)visibility and how I learned to love being pretty gay" and "How Alyssa Wornette learned to love her armpit hair." Even the graphic design styles are wide-ranging, incorporating various typography and 'zine styles. WORN maintains its ability to be truly diverse because the editors do not accept free stuff, publish only a handful of pre-approved ads, and adhere to their original aim of detailing fashion in ways that fashion magazines do not.

FIDM Library Staff