Hip hop style is hugely familiar to the masses but the origins of this unique fashion are a bit mysterious. We generally connect the look and its influence to celebrity hip hop culture but a new documentary titled Fresh Dressed directed by Sacha Jenkins explains the foundation of this identifiable fashion with the help of industry icons such as Ricardo Tissci, Andre Leon Talley and Dapper Dan. Inside The Archive caught up with Director Sacha Jenkins to learn more about the inspiration behind his debut film. READ MORE
Cannes 2015. No one does it better than the French- fashion that is. The Cannes film festival dazzled this year with actresses, models, socialites and everyone in between giving the Palais des Festivals a dash of chic. Don't think these glamorous gowns escaped my eye, with each new look I spotted a not so subtle nod to the fashions of the past. READ MORE
Let’s kick-off Monday with a few online reads related to the history of fashion. From a major couture auction and an exhibit about the origin of fashion magazines to the history of hip hop style and the most dangerous trends in history, here are four “must reads” for the fashion history enthusiast. READ MORE
Today we’re taking you on a virtual tour through The Museum at FIT's current exhibition Global Fashion Capitals, an exhibition that explores the history of established fashion capitals—Paris, New York, Milan, and London—and the emergence of 16 new fashion cities. The Curators of the show, Elizabeth Way and Ariele Elia were asked to share snapshots of the exhibition along with special insights, facts and observations they've gathered from organizing the exhibit with the readers of Inside The Archive. READ MORE
Fashion designers have been collaborating with and/or seeking inspiration from Artists for decades (i.e., Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Modrian, Stephen Sprouse and Louis Vuitton, Miuccia Prada and Damien Hirst) but, we recently stumbled upon a fashion collaboration from 1955 that may be the grandest and most significant of them all. Featured in the November 14th, 1955 issue of LIFE magazine is a collaboration between American sportswear designer, Claire McCardell and five of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Leger and Dufy. These iconic creatives were brought together by textile company, Fuller Fabrics. Read the fully transcribed article HERE
If you have an Instagram account and the slightest interest in fashion then you’re probably following @vintage_vogue. The popular Instagram account features images from past issues of Vogue magazine with details about the photographer, designer and model featured in the photo. The clever concept was dreamed up by fashion documentarian Fiona Mackay.
Fiona is an Australian born photographer currently living between Paris and Melbourne. Since graduating from with an honours degree in Photography in 2009, Fiona became more involved with the history of fashion photography. In 2013 she created @vintage_vogue, which has since amassed over 200,000 followers and counting.
Fiona is one of a handful of fashion historians that has successfully established a major social media following while simultaneously bridging the gap between the mass appeal of fashion and the niche field of historical dress. We are fascinated by her success in this area so we reached out to her to learn more about her personal success and future endeavors. READ MORE
In celebration of iconic Makeup Artist Pat McGrath's birthday, we gathered 20 of her most inspiring beauty looks for you to enjoy. McGrath started her career at I-D magazine collaborating with fashion stylist Edward Enninful and has since been lauded the most influential makeup artist in the world by Vogue magazine. We hope Pat has a very lovely birthday and we hope you enjoy these stunning and eccentric faces she's created over the years. READ MORE