Kate Wornette

I’m Kate, another of the new legion of interns. I’ll be working on the editorial side, where my love of writing and intensive research –- along with near-OCD tendencies when it comes to copy editing –- may be put to good use.

I guess I come at fashion from two perspectives, one highly formalized and cerebral and the other totally intuitive and indulgent. My background leans toward the academic; I have a degree in Cultural Studies from McGill in Montreal, where I actually wrote my honours thesis on the makeover show, What Not to Wear. I also just finished a master’s degree at Ryerson in my hometown, Toronto, where I did work on a project researching the intersection of feminism and fashion.

In contrast, you could say my own personal love of style was entirely self-taught, beginning in junior high with regular trips after class to my very own mecca, Goodwill’s Buy the Pound, where you could actually buy a pound of clothes for a dollar. Pawing through racks and bins of material has since become my full-blown addiction, such that I even ended up opening an online business several years ago just to support my habit. More than anything else, my own inspiration comes from these secondhand stores and the freedom of experimentation that inexpensive clothes provide. I like my fashion to be a challenge, I like it to be an adventure and a conquest, and that’s just what these old stores satisfy for me.

The opportunity to work for Worn practically fell into my lap just days after I defended my thesis; I take that as a sign of fate and good things to come and am so pleased to be the latest addition to team Worn!

Current Inspirations…

Fashion Era
An old standby, this is an amazingly comprehensive resource on the history of fashion, with lots of explanations and pictures for inspiration

Bits and Bobbins
Tricia Royal is the creator of wardrobe_remix over at Flickr, which I love but also find a little overwhelming at times. My favourite feature of her own site is the concise weekly roundup she does of the best remixes of the week.

Square America
Have I mentioned yet how much I love ephemera, “vernacular” photography, snapshots, etceteras? Square America is not a fashion site per se, but its archives are filled with wonderful candid shots of real people, from which I personally derive way more inspiration than the runway.

OutsaPop
I have a fantasy that I am going to become an expert seamstress and create clothes out of some of the fabulous textile remnants I come across in various places. Outi, who calls herself a “trashionista” for her use of recycled materials, runs one of a handful of sites I visit to torture myself with inspiration for sewing projects I can’t reproduce on my own (yet).

Liebemarlene Vintage
eBay and etsy vintage sellers are somewhat surprisingly another of my biggest sources of inspiration. Many of them have blogs essentially to promote their stores, but Rhiannon’s is one of the few that can stand on its own merits. Plus, she’s incredibly down-to-earth and unpretentious — always a big plus.

4 thoughts on “Kate Wornette

  1. Well, you can’t just tempt us with the honours thesis topic, can you? It’s hardly fair…
    What do YOU think of “What Not to Wear”?
    x.g.

  2. What up kaaate!

    I want to read your feminism & fashion paper. Two really interesting topics that always seem to be in direct conflict with each other (at least, with more mainstream magazines).

    Good intro.

  3. Thanks for the welcome, gals!

    Gwen – It was a fun project (for me, anyway). Basically, I used Foucault’s good ol’ notion of panopticism to talk about the surveillance employed by the show and the way it enforces gender normalization. Basically.

    Anna – It wasn’t actually a paper so much as a bunch of research and annotations I prepared for a prof working on a book, but feminist cultural critique takes the highest place in my heart, so I’m always willing to discuss!

  4. Kate! Thanks fof making me look up “panopticism”. I can’t believe I’ve been without that word for so long. And now I have just one mroe reason to think that show is a plague on humanity…

    “It is not that the will of the individual is amputated, repressed, or altered; instead it is molded so that the individual willingly accepts the modes of control.”

    Ha.
    g.

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