It's here. Its full name is the The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear, and this compact, 400+ page magic thing packs in even more than its title suggests. The tome, which collects the best material from the beloved magazine's first fourteen issues, and which is assembled by WORN's founder and editor in chief, Serah-Marie McMahon, is really for anyone - because it asserts that fashion is for everyone. The WORN Archive is equal parts handy reference guide (you'll learn, for example, how to tie a tie and have your boots re-heeled), history text (you'll study the significance of safety pins, collars, and more), political paper (you'll engage in discourse on hijab and non-binary gender identity), and inspiring art book (one in which you'll see people that look like people). The result is something that's as intelligent as it is resourceful as it is beautiful- kinda like you, amirite?
Check it out:
In Jane Pratt's introduction from the book, she says that "WORN is reclaiming fashion as something that can be exciting, challenging, different, quirky, interesting, not just as something you have to consume". Exactly!
"This deliciously designed, intelligent, quirky, entertaining, and provocative archive of magazine articles documents Worn’s seven years challenging fashion conventions, celebrating clothing fanatics and designers, and considering how and why we decorate ourselves [...] Artists, makers, and fashionistas will be seduced by the book’s imaginative visuals and astute essays." —Publishers Weekly
"Every page is a reminder that clothes aren't just things we buy; they're what we live in" —Flare
"[WORN has] an abundance of striking illustrations by artists including Shea Chang and Sara Guindon jostling next to photoshoots peopled by refreshingly ‘real’ models, with a distinctly feminist undertone to the proceedings [...] it’s a wonderful, heart-warming and funny read; with the layout and design adding to its often anarchic, celebratory, anything-goes tone." —Design Week
Don't forget that you can come out to celebrate something great and dance the night away at a second-hand prom in Toronto or Montreal:
TORONTO: Saturday May 3rd, 9 pm to 2 am
Adelaide Hall, 205 Adelaide St. W., with Type Books
Tickets now available from TYPE Books (883 Queen St. W.)
MONTREAL: Thursday May 22nd, 8pm
La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boul. Saint-Laurent with Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Tickets now available from Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Ouest)
Or grab a copy of WORN and enjoy a cocktail and some great records in Ottawa:
OTTAWA: Saturday, May 24th, 7pm to 9pm
Victoire, 246 Dalhousie Street
And if you're not in tropical Canada, fret not: The WORN Archive will be in stores everywhere next Tuesday, April 29!