[Photos by Giafrese]
This past weekend, I was reading a fascinating article in The Wall Street Journal about time capsules; it addressed the fact that it’s human nature to want to to preserve artifacts from our culture, and revel in the wonder of what the future may bring. The focus of the feature was that time capsules are oftentimes forgotten, or lost, due to poor record keeping and no maps created in order to find them in the future. Coincidentally, I ended up being at Flushing Meadows Park this weekend (in 1938 a time capsule was buried for the 1939 New York World’s Fair), which was part of the fairgrounds for the 1964 World’s Fair. My mom, who attended, said that everything was cool and just so incredible, remembering it all so vividly over fifty years later, and remarking that she had the memory of the desire to “live in the future.”
I got to thinking about time and style, and as much as we want to be forward-thinking and embracing of new exciting technologies, we constantly look to the past for reference and inspiration. Fashion is such a huge example of this, as what comes around, goes around, and styles from the past are constantly revived and updating. Just the act of fashion blogging itself merges the concept of a time capsule into a digital version; looking back at my personal style pieces helps me to very clearly catalog what I was wearing from years prior. This form of “style time capsule” is so fascinating, and I look forward to seeing how it evolves as the technology that we use to record it changes; chances are, in some shape or form, what we where and how we wear it will always be a subject of curiosity.
In this look, I’m wearing a mix of pieces that involve both the past and present, at once sentimental and utilitarian. It’s easy to look at the “ghosts of your wardrobe’s past,” and find plenty of nostalgia rife with conversation starters!