Instagram Fashion Story Pages You Should Follow
Without a doubt, fashion is obsessed with the past. Fueled by nostalgia, the obsession with reminiscences has intensified over the past year. He moved away from fashion and ventured deep into all aspects of pop culture. From The crown to the new Gossip Girl reboot, TV shows have heavily addicted to it. The music is not left out in the conversation either. This year Taylor Swift reissued their 2012 album Red and Aaliyah’s entire musical catalog was finally available to stream since his death in 2001. Recent events have made us all more nostalgic for the past, and we can’t wait to cling to previous moments in the arts that made us happy. For all the good, bad and ugly that social media brings, it has made the history of fashion and pop culture more accessible and digestible. Instagram’s fashion archive accounts — which document, curate and comment on fashions from the past — are leading the way. Famous stylists definitely pay attention to it.
Zendaya stunned at this year’s BET Awards in Versace 2003while Saweetie wore a Dolce and Gabanna dress from a 2005 collection the same night. Last year, Kim Kardashian wore a remake of the Roberto Cavalli Aaliyah dress brought to the 2000 VMAs, while Rihanna was recently spotted wearing $15,000 archive Gucci jeans. These create amazing viral moments – it’s great press for the brand, celebrity and stylists. For fashion archivists, it’s a testament to their content and the impact it has on culture. Here are a handful of the best.
“Lady Di’s craziest post-divorce revenge looks” was the account’s tagline for a while. It was created in 2018 by fashion writer Eloise Moran as a way for her to get over her own divorce. Ladydirevengelooks highlights Princess Diana’s most coveted fashion moments and signs her hard-hitting captions with an iconic #fuckyouCC (CC stands for Charles and Camilla). The popularization of the story coincided with the last season of The crownwhich focused on Princess Diana and her relationship with Prince Charles from the 1980s to the 1990s. The page’s success led Moran to publish her own book, The Lady Di Look Book: What Diana was trying to tell us through her clotheswhich is due for release in June 2022.
It’s hard to remember a time when flares, corduroy and the Nike Cortez weren’t cool, but believe it or not, these are new trends being revived. This account shows you everything you need to see from this decade – ABBA, silver boots galore, paisley print galore.
Kim Russell is a 25-year-old fashion researcher who started criticizing and commenting on fashion via her Instagram and Twitter. Now she is working on secret projects with Kim Kardashian. Russell focuses on 90s/2000s fashion, especially black fashion, which was very overlooked at the time. Twitter Haute Couture is an online community of fashion lovers and Russell is an active member. On top of that, Russell has a educative Onlyfans account with hundreds of paid subscribers. Russell’s rise mirrors broader changes in the industry, where fashion media/commentary is more inclusive of diverse voices, opinions and thoughts.
Led by superfan and current Gucci client advisor, Justin Friedman, this account focuses on Gucci between 1994 and 2006, when Tom Ford was at the helm of this iconic brand. This era of Gucci was very different from what we see now. It was dark, brooding and hyper-sexual on occasion. During this time, we discovered the Gucci thong, the Gucci G-shaped pubic hair and much more. As one can imagine, it was incredibly controversial.
The resurgence of cowboy fashion in 2018 has a name: The Yeehaw Agenda. 2019 has been quite a cowboy-heavy year, with artists such as Solange, Kacey Musgraves and Lil Nas X (Old Town Road) breaking all records, all touting the aesthetics of their music. Cowboy fashion was all over the runway, and everyone and their moms dressed up as sexy cowboys for Halloween that year. However, it wasn’t just a fashion statement, it became political. Many people pointed out that depictions of cowboys were overwhelmingly white, although it is suggested that at least 25% cowboys being black and an integral part of black Texas culture. Bri Malandro, the founder of The Yeehaw Agenda Instagram account is not only credited with popularizing the term, but also with highlighting the erasure of black cowboys from history. As we finally seem to be moving away from our obsession with cow print (I think? We’re right? To the right?) The Yeehaw agenda seems to be everywhere, especially in Beyonce’s latest campaign for her clothing line – Ivy Park Rodeo.
Stylist Nygel Simons had been accumulating archival fashion images for a decade. He started on tumblr, moved on to Polyvore before eventually moving to Twitter and Instagram where his posts caught the attention of the likes of Bri Malandro (mentioned above) and esteemed fashion historian Shelby Ivey Christie. Her love for 2000s music videos, award show fashion and hip-hop magazines shows through her posts, which are vibrant, flashy and brilliant – unmistakably y2k.
If you’re a fashion story junkie and want to learn more about other fashion story accounts, click here to learn more!