Max Wornette

While it is a great honour to be the first male Wornette, it is also a great responsibility, one which I will not take lightly. I know my historic internship shatters boundaries and I hope I represent my gender well. Although my academic background is in history, I have avidly followed fashion since I was 14 and the glittering world of John Galliano broke up the bleak days of high school. After a Kafkaesque Masters program and a quarter-life existential crisis, I escaped to Ireland where I got to read for fun, make international friends and visit Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and Berlin. But, like Dorothy Gale, I’m figuring out that to find happiness, sometimes you need to go no further than your own backyard. I am currently taking journalism classes at Ryerson, pondering the possibilities of freelance writing, and am overjoyed to be involved with a publication for which sorting through my cluttered stacks of old fashion magazines can be considered research.

Current Inspirations

Manish Arora
I just saw this designer, who has been referred to as the John Galliano of Indian fashion on Fashion Television. He spoke about how India, long acknowledged for its incredibly beautiful textiles, has not been traditionally known for interesting shapes, the sari being essentially a large piece of rectangular fabric. I’d love it if Mumbai became the next Milan.

Go Fug Yourself
I have become addicted to this blog written by two smart, sassy women about the (mostly) fashion mistakes that celebrities make. Although their snarkiness is laugh-out-loud funny, deep down you know that they have a sincere fondness for the zany stars and outfits that they lampoon.

Zachary Koski
Zachary Koski is a Toronto-based photographer I just heard about. Some of his photos are fashion-y, others are just simply gorgeous.

Shorpy updates constantly with high-definition old photographs of, among other things, cities, buildings, cars, athletes and well-dressed women. It is so easy to only associate past eras of clothing with their perspective cinematic eras and I’d found it useful to follow this site to see what women who were not movie stars dressed like in the past.

What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear?
This blog is dedicated to the prim fashions of Jayma Mays’s neurotic but sweet teacher character on Glee, which by this point you’re either watching or you’re not. Each era needs its television style icon, and is it too early to suggest cute Miss. Pillsbury as the Carrie Bradshaw for our jittering, anxious times?

11 thoughts on “Max Wornette

  1. Love that you’re doing a blog on Emma Pillsbury, I find her at the top of the most fashionable women on television (the late Charlotte Charles from Pushing Daisies and any of the women from Mad Men being among them)
    Looking forward to reading your articles

  2. I’m in the company of the Fug Girls? Thanks! I absolutely don’t think it’s too early to suggest Emma as the next iconic woman of style on television. :)

    @Hope, before Emma, it was indeed Charlotte Charles who rocked my fashion world. Agree wholeheartedly!

  3. hm i’m not going to give Emma any Carrie-Bradshaw type icon status until she wears a body suit with a pageboy cap. Then again, Carrie had new york city working to her advantage and Emma lives in a suburb so I guess she has a good excuse for safer ensembles.
    Anyway, I find working at WORN to be a very good outlet for Kafkaesque quarterlife crises, so you picked a good time to come aboard. Welcome, Max!

  4. Oooh – I ADORE shorpy. I feel like every time I get on that site I find a picture of women in cloche hats holding firearms. Awesomeness.
    Also, 20 extra points for “kafkaesque.”

  5. “a Kafkaesque Masters program”!!!!!! – the best description of a masters in the humanities ever! You just made my week. I laughed out loud.

    Oh, and the fact that you’ve included Manish Arora makes me adore you. You’re wonderful.

  6. This Shorpy business is so fantastic, I don’t even know what to say. You have just made my life at least ten times happier. Possibly more.

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