Monday, March 23, 2009

Fashion writing is biting

I have a lot of respect for fashion journalists who write for newspapers instead of magazines. I mean, don't get me wrong, I have equal respect for fashion magazine journalists too -- but in all honesty, newspaper journalists can't rely on glossy photos and flashy design to attract their readers. They use words -- hard-hitting words. They write to inform, not to please.

I'm sure everyone knows of Cathy Horyn of The New York Times. Robin Givhan of The Washington Post (where Horyn used to work, in fact) might be mentioned less -- but she is the first fashion journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism -- "witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism." She graduated valedictorian from her high school and attended Princeton University before getting her master's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. And you know, she's worked for magazines too -- Vogue, to be exact.

I adore reading her blog. You can argue that fashion is shallow with me (and I will both agree and disagree), but you can't deny that fashion is smart. Just read between the lines and seams.

Miss Couturable
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