If you’re like me you have sworn off reading magazines like Seventeen or Teen Vogue. As a purveyor of social consciousness, they were plucked from your repertoire of general hobbies and interests. Still yet, you enjoy the sartorial process. No fashion publications out there cater to these seemingly divergent desires.
Or so I thought.
On one of my many internet-hopping tirades I discovered the Canadian (ooh, double poutine points!) piece of fashion heaven titled WORN: http://www.wornjournal.com/html/
I was first intrigued because of the Journal’s description:
“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. We pay attention to how what is worn is made, interpreted, transformed, disseminated, and copied.”
Soon thereafter I became downright smitten with them as I read their mission statement:
- To show a wide range of beauty, one that includes diversity of culture, subculture, gender identification, sexuality, size, race, ability, and age.
- To offer provocative thought on fashion and aesthetics in an accessible way.
- To refrain from polarizing fashion into concepts of “in” and “out,” or “good” and “bad”.
- To differentiate between personal style and the fashion industry, and recognize that the two don’t necessarily have to align.
- To answer, always and above all, to our readers and not our advertisers.
- To celebrate the universal appeal of fashion, outside of time and trend.
- To have a sense of humor, but not at anyone’s expense (with the notable exception of our own).
It’s this comment, though, that pulled me in; hook, line & sinker:
“WORN magazine calls itself a fashion journal. I call it a 44 page f*ck you to Anna Wintour.”
Best part? You can buy issues from the UBC Bookstore! (Which now means I’ll visit the Bookstore in months other than September & January. Oh never mind, monthly U-pass.)
Discover it for yourselves here http://www.wornjournal.com!
Urooba Jamal (@uroobajamal) is a 3rd-year International Relations student who takes a lot of pride in having made Orientalists sob uncontrollably since 1992. On campus, she's a Residence Advisor & a Research Assistant at the Institute of Asian Research. Off campus, she's flaunting her neo-marxist-sometimes-liberal-seldom-realist-definitely-feminist-post-modern-constructivist & 'xenophilic' self. She tweets (a lot) & blogs (a little): http://underuroobasumbrella.blogspot.ca/