Totally Dublin

Magnified wraps 2017 with a look at FRANC, a homegrown biannual publication, which has blossomed over its four issues to date. It looks at ideas and the meanings behind our choices through a prism of evolving themes and conversations around fashion. We spoke to its founder Briony Somers.

Can you explain the origins of Franc and its sources of inspiration?

FRANC started in 2015 after Lauren (Henshaw) approached me about started a fashion magazine in Trinity College. I was really interested by the fact that even though I’d done work experience with Vivienne Westwood and Roksanda Ilincic, and had just come back from walking for Simone Rocha in London, I’d given up reading fashion magazines in favour of more academic stuff. So the inspiration comes from how interesting concepts and ideas are at play in fashion. Sort of like if Malcolm Gladwell wrote about clothes....


Briony Somers