I was recently sent a copy of Worn Fashion Journal to review; so here it is.
Worn is a biannual fashion journal (the clue is in the name, but really it would do it a disservice to call it a magazine – journal is far more suitable) from the shores of Toronto. I will always have a special relationship with Canada, owing to, variously; Greyhound adventures, that body in Niagra Falls on our sightseeing trip, Anna’s jaunts, and, of course, my Canadian twin Mel.
Despite Coco Rocha, Erdem and Hudson’s Bay blankets, Canada doesn’t seem to have quite the fashion reputation it deserves, and while Worn doesn’t focus solely on Canadian fashion, it’s certainly doing a smashing job of proving that the Great White North can produce top quality publications.
My favourite thing about Worn is that, much like Selvedge, it’s really geeky. This is where the ‘Journal’ part applies – it’s not fully of light and fluffy articles, it’s full of fascinating, indepth features really about fashion. As they say themselves on the website;
WORN 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.
Highlights from my issue include an indepth profile of a textiles conservator, a pleasingly well-researched feature on the history of glasses – and another on tweed, which proved interesting even for someone who did a whole contextual studies elective on tweed, and a brief history of the air hostess outfit.
Nestled amongst such pleasingly nerdy features are shoots, reviews, and, excitingly, a look at the legacy of Jicky. Jicky! Awesome.