Modernize + Revitalize + Transform
In this article, I will not be talking about fashion archiving as textile preservation and/or storage of clothing. I am speaking about archiving your fashions, your fashion experiences, your styled outfits in fashion journals, or in a fashion planner.
Archiving outfits in our wardrobe is important. We don't need to only track and remember the fashion outfits photographed in editorial fashion magazines or the collections of the runway. We can look in our own closets and remember our own styled, fashion outfits, in order to revitalize the fashion industry.
A few ways to archive your fashion
taking photos and creating albums + galleries
writing the outfits down in fashion planners
my fashion journal tracker (you can add it to your planner)
Specific ways fashion archiving modernizes, revitalizes, and transforms the fashion industry:
The fashion industry will advance and become better when we observe and reflect on our wardrobe and styled outfits.
Archiving fashion outfits is a good part of fashion researching. When we reflect on our wardrobes we can learn more about fashion, and this will also change the fashion industry.
Archiving our outfits creates more control and management over our clothes and lifestyle.
It will create more connection with our clothing, and it also triggers positive memories emotions, like when we had a good day because we were wearing a specific outfit.
Fashion archiving supports self-esteem and confidence, when we are able to track our outfits, we can remember our positive fashion days.
Our own wardrobes and the outfits we wear or wore are archetypal, they serve as a purpose to guide our lives and guide the fashion industry archetypically.
Our wardrobes contain iconic fashion pieces that we need to remember.
When we archive our fashions we become fashion journalists.
"Fashion planners, fashion apps, and digital fashion programs allow us to track our own fashions, fashion experiences, and fashion memories."
The famous fashion photographer Bill Cunningham was a fashion archiver
Bill Cunningham, the famous, deceased fashion journalist + fashion/street photographer archived fashion. As a fashion photographer, he left behind a photo archive worth 1 million dollars.
Bill Cunningham, was an NYC Couture milliner, a famous fashion/street photographer, and fashion journalist who know the significance of documenting outfits. He spent 5 decades documenting fashion.
He wrote for CHICAGO TRIBUNE, and WOMENS WEAR DAILY, and photographed street fashion for the NY TIMES, from 1978-2016. He photographed a lot of famous people, but he also photographed a lot of people on the streets of NYC that were not famous at all. This is partly why archiving our own fashion outfits is important. Because it is not just what is on the runway or in the fashion magazines that is what is important.
Bill Cunningham said: "One of the things about high fashion is that it attracts the most ambitious social climbers: show-offs, snobs, bigots, and egoists. These women consider themselves as social- I think of them as miles of phony society fringe."
I agree with Mr. Cunningham. He cared about street fashion, he cared about archiving outfits, and he never cared for a specific class of people.
I personally like high fashion for high fashion, it's sheer inspiration. I don't particularly care for the classes of hierarchy involved, however, but I guess the wealthy are keeping RTW and haute couture alive to a degree. Fashion can be named frivolous when big money dress houses cater to the market for high society. Frivolous fashion does not represent the point of distributing designer craft for the sake of creativity but does when adhering to the prestige of the elite.
Archiving one of my favorite garments
A lot of times when we look at what fashion is we may believe that it is not a fashion experience, but, when we dress in our clothing as a daily ritual, it is, actually. We are actually experiencing a fashion experience.
I will explain to you one clothing item that was creating a type of experience for my life, and it was a part of creating my life, and as part of my lifestyle.
One of my favorite clothing items was a pair of white bamboo knit jersey leggings. They would actually be considered thermal pants. You can wear them under a pair of pants. These bamboo leggings were so comfortable I truly felt like I could relax more when I wore them.
"Archiving our fashion outfits is an important part of reflecting on fashion in a way to evaluate current fashion and past fashion."
When I wore them and put them on-- because they were like long john's I ended up wearing them to bed. They were the perfect pants to wear to bed because they were so soft against my skin.
Also, the bamboo fabric of the leggings had great movement and stretch to the fabric. The fabric wouldn't tug or pull. When I moved around the fabric would easily move with my movements.
There are different ways of valuing apparel and one way is to wear them out to the point where they can no longer be worn. I wore these leggings for many years until the fabric started to disintegrate from the dryer.
This fashion piece is important to me, and I am still looking for a replacement. Because I have archived the garment, by writing it down I am able to refer to them for fashion reference. I can also make sure to replace them when I want to.
The Fashion Journal Tracker
Photo: The Fashion Journal Tracker
Collect, write + archive with the Fashion Journal Tracker
The fashion template I created: FASHION JOURNAL TRACKER, helps you write down your favorite outfits and turn your wardrobe into a fashion collection.
Things you can add to the FASHION JOURNAL TRACKER:
Archiving our fashions to reproduce the outfits we no longer have
A fashion template, like my FASHION JOURNAL TRACKER, will help you create a successful foundation for your fashion career, or for your personal fashion wardrobe.
All of these fashion things that we document and track-- if we keep them and refer back to the fashion template, we connecting with our fashions.
Would you like to have a template to plan your fashion dreams? I have created a fashion template that works to support the stages of each of our own fashion processes. Subscribe to my email and you will receive the 5-sheet printable in your inbox.
When you're feeling stressed out and want to relax with your fashion business but you can't because you can't seem to find what you need-- the FASHION JOURNAL TRACKER can offer a way for you to organize some of your fashion business notes, and help your healthy fashion wardrobe, business, and lifestyle, and this will all help the fashion industry.
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