Alexandra Wornette

Hello! I’m Alexandra L. Barton, a new WORN events intern. After a ridiculously exciting childhood in the vineyard valley of Penticton, B.C., where I spent most of my time manufacturing paper dolls and friendship bracelets, I grew up. As a teen I spent an unhealthy amount of time at The Care Closet, Penticton’s best thrift store, looking for funny tee-shirts. Thankfully my lovely mother taught me how to sew, and then I spent all my time in our basement.

Subsequently I moved to Toronto to pursue a proper Fashion Education at Ryerson University in the Fashion Design and Fashion Communications programs. It’s there that I enjoyed writing a paper on the influence and artistic merit of 18th century fashion illustration versus aristocratic portraits, and one which examined the costumes worn by television’s famous ‘career women’ characters from the 1950s to today. So began a love of fashion research and writing, which I hope to continue at WORN!

I am currently employed at Franny Vintage in Toronto, and have plans to start my own line of flashy clothes from recycled fabrics under the name Lex Louise. In addition to sewing, illustration, graphic design and photography, my interests include dancing with the Harlettes and watching Elvis’ worst movies. My style inspiration comes from my Granny, Nancy, who owned as many scarves as some people have Facebook friends.

Things I dislike include pistachios and mock turtlenecks.

Current Inspirations:

Zoozoom – A slick online fashion and culture publication that’s been going strong since the internet started.

Zuburbia Green Vintage – A blog that celebrates the environmental friendliness of vintage.

The Fruits – The Fruits book of Harajuku street shots was a reliable source of amusement and inspiration for me as a teen. Here is the Flickr version!

69 Vintage – A Toronto classic! Their photo blog is full of pretty and/or chuckle-inducing snaps of folks in vintage.

Bobbin Talk – An inspiring blog that celebrates emerging designers.

Robotic Steez - Roy Oritzo does everything from reviewing runway collections to questioning the lack of diversity in mainstream modeling in his blog, and he also apparently has something against starting his sentences with capital letters.

Book Review: 20th Century Fashion: 100 Years of Apparel Ads

Being a girl who once plastered her walls with magazine pages, I was pretty pleased to learn about this book’s existence, which shows just how beautiful and influential fashion adverts can be. 100 Years of Apparel Ads is sorted into decade-spanning chapters, each with its own brief and basic overview of fashion history (also in French and German). The text-heavy ads from the beginning of the century are almost unrecognizable; their copy tells of technological textile triumphs and persuades the customer politely to consider quality and price, alongside a delicate technical illustration. Through this collection, it is fascinating to watch these earnest endorsements of tangible apparel products slowly transform into practically the opposite: glossy photographs of models’ faces with only brand names to accompany them. I can’t think of many industries that could thrive without advertising, but surely fashion is one that wouldn’t even exist without it. This book serves as definitive proof.

by Jim Heimann and Alison A. Nieder – Taschen
reviewed by Alexandra Barton (originally published in Worn Fashion Journal Issue 9)

photography by Jessica da Silva