Vestoj, a scholarly journal on fashion and identity published by the London College of Fashion, is one of the best fashion publications that I have seen in recent years (this and Too Much Magazine, of course, but Too Much is about bodies in the city). I’m going to convince Bunka to subscribe and keep it in the library. It’s worth a look and a submission, if you have some ideas taking form in your mind.
This is their manifesto.
- All articles must relate to sartorial issues. We are interested in people’s relationship to their clothes, and fashion’s relationship to identity.
- We must bridge academia and industry. We will place academia and industry side by side, and give equal significance to both. We will place the academic in an industry context and vice versa in order to increase the understanding and collaboration between these two fields. We will work for the greater good of our discipline.
- Fashion must always be taken seriously. We must never be afraid to have pretensions. We are as interested in the minutiae of clothing as we are in the grand themes of fashion. We will see the trivial in the substantial and the substantial in the trivial, and ensure that all is given equal importance.
- The tone must be inviting. We must never be excluding in language or approach. We will use humour to draw readers in and themes that many can relate to.
- Text and image shall be given equal importance. We must always integrate word and picture and guarantee that there is an ongoing dialogue between the two.
- Everything shall be questioned—nothing is holy. We must challenge the status quo. We must always ask why.
- We must always remain independent in thought and action. We must actively encourage critical thought and never be satisfied until we have examined every theme intrepidly. We will keenly promote criticism and draw attention to the paradoxes within the fashion world.
- Advertising is forbidden.
- The reader’s intellect must be as gratified as her aesthetic sense. We will encourage creativity as well as an intelligent discourse. We will take nothing for granted.
- We will have an interdisciplinary approach. We will take care to examine each theme from various angles and make certain that we represent other lifestyles and ethos than our own. We will work from within the fashion world, but maintain an outsider’s perspective.