The past lives on


‘The past
lives on.’

To fashion the past is never dead. Alexander Fury on history’s enduring relevance.

By Alexander Fury
Photographs by Zoë Ghertner
Styling by Jodie Barnes



The shows are done and dusted for, oh, say, another week? Fashion is fleeting, and little time passes between collections these days. There’s little time to ruminate on the season’s outings before the industry is contemplating the next.

Memory, too, is fleeting. To the extent that it’s easy to forget the true origin of corseting of a Tudor décolletage, or the heft of 19th century sleeves. Alexander Fury, a historian as well as renowned fashion critic, looks back on the references underpinning recent collections.

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