Fashion in romance publishing, gloves as a romantic statement, the romantic corporate vision through to texts as woven unfinished textile matter, Novella Issue 1 have created a beautiful publication musing on all things romance (plus somehow delightfully plonking in a reference to Nakitomi Plaza) along with a separate piece of work on newsprint.
Fashion, publishing and new writing are all bound wonderfully into this print newcomer.
"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, we have asked contributors to take 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 Issue No.1, Romance measures 6” x 8.5”, with 136 pages, a pink softcover with otabind binding, and is offset printed in black and white with a color image gallery in the center. Front and back cover feature the editor’s letter, while the inner front flap features a tearaway bookmark that acts as a secondary table of contents to accompany the reader throughout the book."