Novella is an annual-ish publication on fashion and an accompanying collection of fashion-adjacent items. Informed by the “compact and pointed plot” structure of the traditional novella, each collection and magazine attempts to weave a compelling narrative within the bounds of text and textiles.
In this first issue, contributors have taken stock of their material world as it relates to fashion and romance. Within the following pages you will find an inventory of our research, artifacts, and reflections on these themes, ranging from insights into the use of apparel within romance fiction, clothing and compatibility within relationships, as well as reflections on the cultural symbolism of the wedding dress and the nostalgia of clothing from a not-too-distant past.
Novella was started in 2018 by Abigail Buzbee and Ryan Hunt, designers in the apparel and graphic industries in Seattle, WA. What originally began as a space to sell vintage clothing led to a desire for a multi-disciplinary platform for clothing experiments, and a place to house clothes-centric conversations between friends, fellow artists and designers.