Brittany Wornette

I started taking photos of my friends from high school, hanging out in mall parking lots. We would listen to Sonic Youth and eat Mac’s Milk food every day while sitting on the roof of my friend’s car. Not much has changed. I studied film production and cultural studies at York University, however, after discovering artists like Stephen Shore and Jeff Wall, my sights were set on working in photography. I work as a commercial photographer day to day, which is a bizarre yet rewarding job to have. My greatest influences are Tennessee in the ’50s, Paris in the ’60s, and New York & Los Angeles in the mid-’90s.

My style when I was younger was typically inspired by movies more then anything else. After watching Trainspotting, I bought a pair of incredibly tight skinny jeans that barely fit over my ankles. I loved Annie Hall so I decided to find oversized khakis at Value Village. I watched Kids on repeat, which inspired me to wear a raggedy Independent t-shirt from Black Market that my mom hated.

Today I’m typically inspired by the people I see on the street day to day. I think as long as you stay true to who you are, then you’ve got great style.

Current Inspirations

Chic Heroin
This is my friend Liz’s blog. Liz is a beautiful person, inside and out. She has clean yet unique style, mixing both vintage and new pieces. Also her hair is truly a work of art.

Tiny Vices
Tim Barber, the creator of this site, has had a huge influence on contemporary photography. His site features truly talented fine art photographers from around the globe.

Cooper Cole Gallery
Check out Cooper Cole Gallery Simon’s gallery featuring amazing contemporary artists who you will most likely hear about when you’re old.

Shop Spanish Moss
I’m addicted. If you want to look like you just walked out of a psychedelic desert, this is the place to shop.

Ffffound
This is the place to go if you’re bored or need inspiration.

photography // Serah-Marie McMahon

Book Review: My Wonderful World of Fashion

When I first received My Wonderful World of Fashion, my main concern was that I would write such a raving review that I’d sound like the publisher’s flack. Nina Chakrabarti’s lovely line drawings take us on an interactive tour of fashion history, letting her young audience explore their own twists on the designs en route. Opening it made me want to either take a hot tub back in time to play with it as a 12-year-old, or breed purely for the pleasure of giving it to my girls later.

The book contains a mishmash of colouring, design and basic crafty projects, the latter all simple enough that a ten- to thirteen-year-old (which seems to be her target audience) could do them without adult help. My favourite pages let you colour in iconic designs such as Marc Jacobs’ animal-face flats, Elsa Schiaperelli’s shoe hat, Hussein Chalayan’s wooden corset, Ferragamo platforms and two full pages of Roger Vivier pumps! She also includes guides to a mixed bag of sartorial topics, such as basic embroidery stitches, Yoruba Adire textile patterns and antique Bengali jewels, and throws in the odd project like making paperclip necklaces or pom-poms. She is keen to teach, often showing her audience how to draw an article and then giving them space to get creative with it; so, for example, she’ll include several examples of collar lace to colour in, followed by a page of blank collars where her users might render their own lace patterns.

I decided to test drive this bad-boy with an accomplice, the lovely and talented Miss Eva Barney, 11. Eva is a young designer, currently drawing a portfolio of her own dress patterns around a demanding public school schedule. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun book review buddy, and she helped me catch some of the book’s age-appropriate foibles that I otherwise would have missed.
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