It’s a bittersweet moment for all “Wornettes” as one of Canada’s brightest and coolest indie fashion magazines has announced its forthcoming Issue #20 will be its last.
Largely reader supported (with limited advertising) since it launched in 2005, WORN Fashion Journal created a niche as an alternative to the large, ad-driven glossy books by focusing its content on the culture of clothing rather than runway fashion trends.
Its community of volunteer staff, readers, writers and fans, who call themselves Wornettes, sustained the magazine for a decade with creative and personal stories, essays, ideas and spreads, as well as memorable launch parties for each issue.
A note on its Facebook page announced that pre-orders are being accepted for Issue #20, which will be published on November 22. A final WORN party, dubbed the Black Cat Ball, is in the works. Also:
Subscribers to WORN Fashion Journal will have the option to transfer their subscription to one of the following Canadian independent publications: Broken Pencil, Maisonneuve, Shameless, or The Walrus. All subscribers will receive an email with more information to the accounts associated with their subscriptions, but are encouraged to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions.
Earlier this year, WORN published a compendium of its first 14 issues called The WORN Archive (Drawn & Quarterly), which is also available on its website along with individual back issues.
WORN Fashion Journal was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2008, in the category Best Magazine Cover, for Issue #7. Best wishes to all Wornettes out there, and thanks for all the fashion.