Worn Out

Worn Out

I like the word journal.  It reminds me of hours and hours poring over JSTOR (and spending a shitload of credit on printing out 40 pg articles) and when I found a good article I could get my teeth into, I'd leave bum imprints in a library seat because I've sat there so long.  Seeing as fashion didn't feature in my academic studies at all (discounting the art of cotton spinning in the 18th century), I never got to dig my teeth into lengthly polemics about fashion and I gather 40 page articles on subjects like the history of the glove do exist. 


Angie Montreal of Norwegian Wood (I realise I need to stop calling her Angie Montreal at some point but that's how badly commentors' names get drummed into my head…) sent me a wee package, one half of which I will be exploring later on and the other half I gobbled up yesterday.  That is to say I read it voraciously.  Worn is a biannual fashion journal that is based in Toronto and with Worn's opening paragraph to its ethos, I think it sums it up quite nicely…

"The word “fashion” shares the same roots as “fasten” and “facilitate,”
and it once meant something along the lines of “creation by means of
bundling and tying.” In the last 50 years or so fashion has come to be
synonymous with “trendy.” Styles go in and out of fashion. Worn
is determined to root through the archives, debates, and gossip to
discover the lasting value of clothing and style in its past, present,
and future."

So what we have is an actual journal of articles that whilst aren't 40 pages long are nice and chunky.  No 800-1000 word limits here.  In issue 5 which Angie sent me, I was enamoured with the personal tales, well researched articles and opinion pieces on a variety of subjects that with some historic or technical string are related to fashion, but are definitely unexpected and in some cases unexplored.

A proper guide to Elsa Schiaparelli…


A lengthly article about the history of the print Toile de Jouy or simply known as Toile // Five female artists one of which is an illustrator I particularly loved – Amber Albrecht

IMG_3551 IMG_3553

Fashion dolls but not as you know them…


Delving into the life of Countess Virginia Oldoini de Castiglione, possibly the world's first fashion photographer/personal style blogger who took five hundred self portraits. // Fashion Exhibitions and the way they're set up, displayed and communicated to the media. 

IMG_3555 IMG_3556

I didn't wholeheartedly love all the articles, not because of the way they're written but because of the points they make – like Emily Raine's argument that by wearing vintage she can be a fashion loving feminist.  Oh, the can of worms that brings up… practically prompts me to write a reply-back article…


The current issue holds treats like the history of the mannequin, how the gem sweater launched the female Elvis and getting dressed in the global village.  Subscribing seems to be the only way for me to get stuck in to these 3000 word articles every six months and that's what I'm off to do now..


Leave a comment
  1. Madelene

    2009-04-15 at 11:34 AM

    Seems like an amazing magazine. I wonder if it’s possible to get it somewhere in store rather than online.

  2. caroline

    2009-04-15 at 11:35 AM

    Immediately went to Worn and subscribed! Beats the hell out of reading Medieval linguistics papers for English Lit!

  3. Alecca

    2009-04-15 at 11:53 AM

    finally, a publication that shamelessly loves clothes and style before fashion!

  4. a.

    2009-04-15 at 12:01 PM

    ah! the girl who did the cover illustration was in my printshop!

  5. frances

    2009-04-15 at 12:07 PM

    wow, fashion and etymology in one place. i love it.
    thank you so much for commenting! i feel, er, honoured or something. I’m such a creep. I’m just cringing at myself that I actually wrote a post about… having straight hair. x
    P.S. how the gem sweater launched the female Elvis? I need to read that.

  6. dust

    2009-04-15 at 12:29 PM

    I’ve studied fashion and wish I had this journal back then. This sort of reading influences my creative process a lot. Lately, as I’m following blogs and am a tad bit older than you guys ( doesn’t show! ) I’m considering to start a blog of my own that will include similar thematic. And some other things, …., I hope…
    I can completely see you doing fashion strategy master course…
    Thank you!

  7. The Eye Collector

    2009-04-15 at 1:16 PM

    <3 JSTOR - I'm on it right now reading about paleographical arguments surrounding the dating of Beowulf. Crazy days.

  8. yilin

    2009-04-15 at 1:42 PM

    the artwork is beautiful 🙂 thanks for commenting on my blog!

  9. dandy gum

    2009-04-15 at 1:57 PM

    unlike ponystep, i find girls’ blogs rubbish cos they are too ‘girly’ :

  10. miss sophie

    2009-04-15 at 1:57 PM

    whoa – very endearing to reveal that you’ve spent hours poring over JSTOR too, susie! and this magazine looks amazing – thanks for sharing!

  11. jillian

    2009-04-15 at 2:06 PM

    thank you for sharing, susie. looks like a great magazine.

  12. susie_bubble

    2009-04-15 at 2:06 PM

    Dandy Gum: So what brought you here then…. I actually like your blog…. and my boyfriend is a blogger so there’s no dissin’ towards mens fashion blogs….on the contrary actually!

  13. emily

    2009-04-15 at 2:49 PM

    Oh wow that looks like a really interesting magazine!! Another one to add to my spending list perhaps ? haha

  14. Anna

    2009-04-15 at 2:57 PM

    Ohh what’s your bf’s blog? I’m curious.
    Anyway, I’m an intern here at Worn and this post was so lovely, thank you! I’ve only been here for a few months but I’m quite proud of this journal ^.^ Funny, I was writing for Prim when you gave them the shoutout, I guess we both just have great taste?
    Love you <33!


    2009-04-15 at 3:41 PM

    I want to start my own magazine, shame i’m too damn lazy. oh I miss my uni library..it had so many wonderful magazines that i could access for free. should’ve gone there more often

  16. Janel

    2009-04-15 at 4:05 PM

    Hey, i’m Janel from Singapore. i’m a student in drama and psychology, but i have a huge interest in fashion.
    i have a fashion blog, http://www.twosecondsnotice.blogspot.com, and i hope you can link me or check it out 😀
    i’m still quite new to the fashion scene. HAHA.

  17. eli

    2009-04-15 at 4:49 PM

    Must read this article about toile print!

  18. sally

    2009-04-15 at 5:04 PM

    hi suzie – wow i just spotted you in vogue! (p172 and 174) your a trend setter girl ! 🙂 x

  19. Darrah

    2009-04-15 at 5:18 PM

    Thanks for the suggestion! I love this journal. I will have to subscribe myself!

  20. Georgie

    2009-04-15 at 6:53 PM

    Sounds like a fantastic magazine, I did laugh a little at your mention of vintage and feminists… Hum…

  21. Alicia

    2009-04-15 at 7:04 PM

    Amazing…and probably worth the paper it’s printed on given the content. Very nice.

  22. AngieMontreal

    2009-04-15 at 8:05 PM

    Wow, that package arrived in record time! Can’t wait to see the results of part two of the package…!
    Also glad to see you enjoyed Worn, I thought it would be a good fit!

  23. Fannah

    2009-04-15 at 8:21 PM

    I love that.. I want, no, nééd me one.

  24. jstor-love

    2009-04-15 at 8:34 PM

    haha, i love your little snippet about jstor and the obscene UCL printing charges. im a postgraduate student there studying art history and your experience pretty much epitomizes my life right now.
    keep up the good work, susie. you got style, beauty AND brains!

  25. Eliza

    2009-04-15 at 9:36 PM

    mmm I do love that magazine…it’s nice to have a local one that’s not so tied up in everything mainstream !

  26. Sonia

    2009-04-15 at 10:38 PM

    Why does the feminist – vintage thing bother you? I don’t get it.

  27. Cammila

    2009-04-16 at 12:23 AM

    I think you just sold me on this magazine. I’ve been looking for some new ones (Preen feels like it arrives once every three years). Also: powder blue is one of my favorite colors, and you’re totally doing i justice.

  28. nokomis

    2009-04-16 at 2:20 AM

    Worn is a really special journal dreamed up by some truly amazing people. We carry it at my store, Nokomis, in Canada and I’ve seen it in a few other boutiques across the country… not that that helps if you reside across the wide ocean. I highly recommend it, an amazing read.

  29. Susie N-W

    2009-04-16 at 4:49 AM

    Oh my goodness! By “female Elvis” do you possibly mean Leslie Hall of Ames, Iowa? She’s famous for her gem sweaters. The magazine looks full of interesting articles…

  30. Laia

    2009-04-16 at 5:35 AM

    oh i want to get my hands on this!

  31. alicepleasance

    2009-04-16 at 7:34 AM

    I like Worn magazine and their website is also neat. This reminded me I still have to order the latest issue. I’m excited for the guide about Schiapparelli, I’m collecting everything about her…beyond all the respect for a great lady, my personal silly motivation is we share a birthday, at a distance of 90 years 🙂

  32. susie_bubble

    2009-04-16 at 8:57 AM

    Sonia: What bothers me is that the author’s point is that the only way you can be a feminist and love fashion is to buy into vintage fashion ONLY. I don’t necessarily agree as a) feminism comes in many forms and guises and b) depending on how you interpret it the love of fashion and being a feminist don’t necessarily have to oppose in that way.
    Susie: Possibly…. I don’t know of this person…. she sounds amazing though.

  33. Caroline

    2009-04-16 at 9:33 AM

    Lovely layout and subjects of thopse articles. Might have a look through it, have to make a fashion piece for my course

  34. risa dickens

    2009-04-16 at 1:15 PM

    so awesome that Angie sent you Worn and so glad you liked it! i wrote that article about the Countess Castiglione, and all the book reviews in the first issues, so i’ll tell you for certain that it’s a complete nerdy labor of love, and also, if you wrote a rebuttal article about that feminism piece Emily Raine and everybody at Worn would be super into it. yay for intellectual debate about fashion! thanks again for the great write up!!

  35. Male Mode

    2009-04-16 at 1:35 PM

    A fellow JSTOR devotee! Sometimes I wish it was acceptable to just reference articles on JSTOR. Alas.

  36. cassiopeia

    2009-04-17 at 9:10 PM

    what an immense mag! oh the wonders of jstor ;-D gotta love it!

  37. serah-marie

    2009-04-17 at 11:36 PM

    Thank you so much for the awesome write up! Worn is about showing a range of ideas and prespectives, and getting conversations started about fashion – so I’m glad it worked with Emily Raine’s article! Wether the reader agrees or doesn’t, it’s (hopefully!) still interesting to think about. And yes, the gemstone lady is very much Leslie Hall.
    We’re all super happy you love it & everyone on the Worn team reads your blog pretty religiously. YAY!

  38. selina

    2009-04-18 at 2:26 AM

    the story about countess virginia sounds amazing, subscribing for two years seems a bargain! there is definitely a gap for zines or like here a journal that contains quality fashion writing without restriction to high fashion

  39. Elena

    2009-04-18 at 4:16 AM

    Hurray!! I worked for this publication during the launch and it’s very early stages, when it was in Montreal. It’s such a wonderful magazine, and the girls who created it are perfectly unconventional and refreshingly down-to-earth. I love to see it mentioned on here. Please support them!

  40. Kayla

    2009-04-19 at 10:20 AM

    That seems like such a good read! I love the cover art, too.

  41. Ellie

    2009-04-21 at 1:24 PM

    Enough to persuade any lazy fashionista to get salaried and subscribe. Good mention Susie B.

Leave a Comment