The Worn Archive (Paperback)

By Serah-Marie McMahon (Editor)

Drawn & Quarterly, 9781770461505, 398pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2014



""WORN" is reclaiming fashion as something that can be exciting, challenging, different, quirky, interesting, not just as something you have to consume." Jane Pratt, from her foreword

"The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Arts, Ideas, and History of What We Wear" 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 prescient, intelligent articles, "WORN Fashion Journal" strives to address diverse issues such as 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 "WORN"'S 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, discourse on "hijabs," 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.

About the Author

Serah-Marie McMahon is the founder and editor in chief of WORN Fashion Journal and a freelance creative director. In 2010 she was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Best Cover of the Year.

Praise For The Worn Archive

"[The WORN Archive is] a wonderful, heart-warming and funny read."—Design Week 


“It’s a mag for the fashion diehard who’s fed up with the usual glossies, and for the feminist theorist who never imagined herself picking up a fashion magazine.” —Ashley McAllister, Bitch magazine


"WORN advocates the cultivation of personal style. It's an ongoing conversation among unoncventional fashion enthusiasts. Serah-Marie McMahon and her Wornettes clearly love fashion - they just don't follow the norms that dominate fashion publications." —Valerie Steele, chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

“In essence, [WORN is] the non-fashion fashion mag, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” —Sadie Stein, Jezebel