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Introduction by Jane Pratt.

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.

Praise for The WORN Archive

A signature mix of practical information, fashion histories… personal essays, and stunningly imaginative pictorials, Worn reads like a dinner party where the guests are smart but not smarmy and the food leaves you feeling truly sated.

The New Inquiry

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

Each new page is both surprising and delicious. All the photography is top-notch, not just the model shoots; even pictures of old shoes and rows of ties seduce the eye.


[The WORN Archive is] a wonderful look back at some of the most erudite pieces from the magazine regarding fashion history, cultures, and styles, laid-out beautifully alongside diverse, personal stories about getting dressed.

National Post, Best of the Year

[The WORN Archive is] a splendidly designed collection of highlights from the magazine’s first seven years.

Montreal Gazette

[WORN is] a fashion mag with beauty and brains… Divvied up into sections covering personal relationships to clothing, fashion’s role in forging identities, practicality in design, and more, The WORN Archive constructs a mosaic of fashion as it applies to everyone’s life and history.


…what makes The Worn Archive special is that it takes fashion and style and makes them what they should be: empowering. The entire book is filled with articles aimed at letting anybody in on the secret that style and stylishness is attainable… and, like any book put out by Drawn & Quarterly, it looks great. Put it all together, and you have one very necessary book.


Every page is a reminder that clothes aren't just things we buy; they're what we live in.


[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

Edgy, insightful and visually beautiful.

CBC Books

This is 411 pages of straight-up intellectual eye candy that will dazzle any self-proclaimed lover of clothing. The archive should most definitely be picked up by anyone who would like to read about fashion without having conventional, mainstream aesthetics shoved down their throat.

Broken Pencil
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