It continues to be such an honour and privilege to have been StyleCircle’s Editor in Chief for the 21/22 and 23/24 seasons. StyleCircle is a student-led, critical fashion publication that strives to inspire and contribute to critical dialogue about the fashion industry. We work to amplify the perspectives of QTBIPOC students and create engaging content for our audience. Our annual publication, The Book by StyleCircle, is a professional-grade print magazine that features exclusive editorial content curated by students, for students.
In May of 2022, we published and launched our seventh publication titled “The Book 07: Performance.” Issue 07 of The Book by StyleCircle aims to explore the ways in which fashion intersects with performance as a means of cultural production, self-expression, and revolutionary liberation.
In March of 2023, we published and launched our eighth publication titled “The Book 08: Give Them Their Flowers.“ We all have someone who motivated us to reach for the stars and dream bigger. Whether they are family, friends, ourselves, or someone we can only dream of meeting, these people played fundamental roles in empowering us to be where and who we are today. The Book 08: Give Them Their Flowers aims to thank these individuals. We aim to honour those who set precedents for us by breaking through systemic barriers of access, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and oppression; and to recognize the work of emerging creatives who are also paving a way for new talent to thrive. We aim to celebrate the ways in which our various cultures are the cornerstone of the fashion industry while also honoring the beauty of our individual self-expression.
As Editor-in-Chief, I coordinated a team of over 80 student writers, designers, artists, event managers, and financial coordinators. This resulted in a smooth and successful year for both the digital and print aspects of the publication. I also supported with grant writing, art direction, book pagination and layout, event management, student professional développement, and the successful securing of funding for both The Book 07 and The Book 08’s production, printing, and for our launch event. I also led the editorial team and supported our writers in conceptualizing, writing, editing, and publishing their work.
I would like to thank StyleCircle’s incredible team for making my two years as amazing as they were!
Book 08: Give Them Their Flowers
Letter From the Editor
To Give Them Their Flowers. We all have someone who motivated us to reach for the stars and dream bigger. Whether they are family, friends, ourselves, or someone we can only dream of meeting, these people played fundamental roles in empowering us to be where and who we are today.
The Book 08: Give Them Their Flowers aims to thank these individuals. We aim to honour those who set precedents for us by breaking through systemic barriers of access, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and oppression; and to recognize the work of emerging creatives who are also paving a way for new talent to thrive. We aim to celebrate the ways in which our various cultures are the cornerstone of the fashion industry while also honoring the beauty of our individual self-expression.
I would like to thank the StyleCircle 223/234 exec team, general team, and guest contributors for all your incredible work in making this issue a success. Thank you for sharing your stories and inspiring us through these pieces.
To the reader,
When we pitched this concept to the team, we encouraged them to think through the questions below. As you read through Issue 08, I ask you to do the same.
What does it mean to give someone their flowers?
Which fashion creatives have left needed impact on the industry in regards to representation and inclusion?
Which Toronto fashion creatives should we pay attention to? Why? How are they doing groundbreaking work?
How do we honour our cultures through fashion? What is your relationship to your culture’s traditional forms of dress?
How can we honour ourselves through rest while working within a fast paced industry?
How do we honour our inner child?
How can we express joy through fashion and what do we celebrate when we do so?
Thank you for picking up this Issue. I hope it brings you joy, affirmation, and the firm belief that anything you wish to accomplish is possible.
Imani Dominique Busby
Book 07: Performance
Letter from the Editor
How do we perform in society? How do we show up? Which parts of our identities do we radically embrace and which parts of ourselves do we hide? The Book 07 aims to explore the ways in which fashion intersects with performance as a means of cultural production, self-expression, and revolutionary liberation. Through editorial and visual concepts that explore artistic performance, activism, and the performance of self, this issue aims to leave a meaningful contribution to these areas of discourse. I hope that the experiences shared throughout this issue resonate with you and encourage you to lean into self-reflection, compassion, collective care, and uninhibited expression.
I would like to send my most heartfelt thank you out to the entire StyleCircle Team. You are all so incredibly talented and this issue would not have been possible without you. Thank you to everyone who contributed their ideas, time, writing, artwork, skills, and creativity to this edition. Thank you executive team for all the dedication you’ve shown this year. I am so proud of us!
Thank you for selecting The Book 07: Behind the Curtain. I truly hope that you enjoy it and I’m so excited to share it with you.
Imani Dominique Busby
Editor in Chief Imani Dominique Busby
Creative Director Swetha Sutharsan
Managing Editor of Print Soukita Morgan
Managing Editor of Web Samira Balsara
Lead Copy Editor Eishvinder Gill
Copy Editors Anh Phan, Erica Weekes, Youdon Tenzin, Harleen Grewal, Elizabeth Knowles, Taite Krueger, Jacob Marion
Fashion Editors Lauren Rizzo, Elham Mirhosseini, Heritage Wisdom, Tomi Segun-Adebowale
Style Editors Sophie Diego, Anna Fam
Culture Editors Jennah Faruqui, John Vo
Beauty Editor Avani Kalicharran
Live Event Editor Youdon Tenzin
Writers Simren Jaswani, Georgia Mills, Victoria Covo, Taite Krueger
Art Director of print Ryan MacDonald
Art Director of Web Imani Edwards
Senior Graphic Designer (Branding) Shirley To
Graphic Designers Kamesha Abraham, Sanya Sharma, Charlotte Lake, Cindy Phung, Skylar Shatilla, Aiva Perrone, Fionna Xu, Anya Johnson, Nicole Mastrantoni, Zoe Statiris, Tina Yu, Melissa Robinson
Photographers Daniel Simpson, Ria Bhalla, Molly Steels, Lynn Nguyen, Tahirah Drue
Videographer Anushay Sheikh
Stylists Heritage Wisdom, Zaneta Ambassa
Operations and Finance
Director of Operations and Finance Hannah Bousfield
Events Co-Directors Julianna Brady, Lily Sartison
Events Coordinators Tina Yu, Paulina Kubaczkowski, Rebecca Grabinsky, Atusa Farahani
Marketing Director Vanessa Tan
Digital Marketing Director Tamia James
Social Media Coordinators Aliya Karimjee, Mackenzie Jagger, Georgia Ball
Marketing Coordinators Crissy Lee, Stella He, Grace Jung, Isabelle Rossi
Podcast Director Avani Kalicharran
Media Editor Cassie Argao
Co-Host Stecy Helena Franck, Daisy Woelfling, Trish Hyatt
Graphic Designer Abby Zhao
Shadi Be, Edie Violet, Starkers Corsetry, Jillian Joy Ubando, Hyla Golden Del Castillo, Mika Espinal, Ashwini Thayaparan, Nima Mansouri, Anandi Kalicharran, Emily Saumure, Mollie Pie, Nicki Nastasia, Catherine Lejarde, Isabela Gorgonio, Mark Iya, Osimhe Paul, Derin Odubanjo, Moogie Ariho, Peter Stanford, Aneesa Shariff, Maham Malek, Max-Delroy Georges, Haley Sensavanh, Sara Mohmand, Ellen Song’e, Abuk Tong, Domonic Montes, Mars Fantasy, Sarah Rakiya Mamza, Kapil Kalicharran, Edgar Magboo, Precious Ayolade, Yugo Ozigbo, Chloe MacDonald, LANEIGH RAMIREZ, CHRIS OTCHERE
Editor-In-Chief: Imani Dominique Busby
Copy Editors: Eishvinder Gill, Madeline Liao, Anh Phan, Erica Weekes
Writers: Simren Jaswani, Samira Balsara, Lizzie Knowles, Soukita Morgan
Art Director: Isabella Papagiannis
Associate Art Directors: Jackie Borg, Safa Kubti
Senior Graphic Designers: Safa Kubti (Web), Shirly To (Branding), Audrey Chen (Print)
Fashion Editor: Lauren Rizzo
Photographers: Imani Edwards, Lynn Nguyen, Molly Steels
Graphic Designers: Kamesha Abraham, Klarisa Averina, Jackie Borg, Jenifer Dao, Patricia Gascon, Charlotte Lake, Ryan MacDonald, Cindy Phung, Zoe Statris
Director of Operations: Klarisa Averina
Events & Marketing Team
Director of Events & Marketing: Jillian Pollock
Event Coordinators: Julianna Brady, Lily Sartison, Yaus Salehomoum
Marketing Coordinator: Grace Jung
Angelica Nayyar, Mollie Pie, Anna Chang, Angel
April 28th, 2022