The WORN Archive: A fashion journal about the art, ideas, and history of what we wear by Serah-Marie McMahon
The WORN Archive is a manifesto on why fashion and clothing matter. For eight years, the Canadian magazine has investigated the intersections of fashion, pop culture, and art. With its prescient, intelligent articles WORN strives to address diverse issues like gender, identity, and culture with openness and honesty. WORN asserts that fashion is art, history, ideas, and most of all fun - that style is a personal experience that need not align with the fashion industry.
The four-hundred page book features the best content from the journal’s first fourteen issues, assembled by founder and editor-in-chief Serah-Marie McMahon. Articles penned by a host of unique contributors (academics, writers, curators, and artists), touch on topics as wide-ranging as the relationship between feminism and fashion; the definitions of hijab; how to tie a tie; the history of flight attendants; and textile conservation. With eclectic photo shoots featuring “real” models, striking illustrations, and whimsical layouts, every page is a joyful, creative approach to clothing.
The WORN Archive is the ultimate cultural style map for those who don’t want to be told how to dress, but are seeking a transformative understanding of why we wear what we do.