With the soul of a pre-Internet zine and the spirit of an academic journal, WORN
Fashion Journal is the counter-publication our Internet generation
needed: crafty, lovely, fun-to-read and informative.
The WORN team (self-dubbed Wornettes) like fashion a lot, and having fun
with it even more. They also like experimenting with lay-out and fonts, making a point
to come up with different mastheads for every issue. This time, it’s wallpaper projected onto a sign-holding intern.
WORN’s 10th issue strikes a good balance of Q&As, editorials, first person narratives and meaty text.
The mag takes you to unexplored and forgotten fashion lands. Most
original editorial in this issue : “Hair apparent” features guys sporting famous women
haircuts. Imagine your boyfriend with Jackie Kennedy or Coco Chanel’s
hair. Most disconcerting editorial: “I eat style”. Its people-dressed-like-their-food theme left me uneasy.
WORN is as educative as it is unexpected. An article on the correct terminology for Muslim dress (the French might be happy to know that they didn’t ban the burqa but rather the chador, a word used in French to describe the khimar, better known in the West as hijab) stands alongside an article about buttons. Three pages about buttons, that’s right. If, like me, you played with your grandmother’s button drawer drawer as a child, you’re in for a treat, and a serious history lesson. If buttons arent your thing, the complete history of corduroy awaits you at the end of the mag.
It isn’t, of course, all good. I found the lack of clothes credit in the
editorials frustrating, an article on hair removal surprisingly expectable and the street-style pictures at the back of the magazine out-of-tune with the rest of it.
Full disclosure: WORN Fashion Journal was sent to me for free for the purpose of this review. I contribute to the magazine blog, though not nearly as often as I’d like to.
Photos 1 and 2 from The Sphere Trending Limelight; Photo 3 courtesy of WORN.