Fashion memories

21/05/2011

Natalia Vodianova & Neva in Field of Dreams | Vogue US November 2008 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
The other day I was indulging in a bit of on-line shopping when I suddenly realised how much my choices are influenced by memories. A pair of shoes made of thin colourful leather straps reminded me of the time spent in Lithuania with my parents. Mum bought a pair of summer sandals that I really really loved. I asked her to take good care of the shoes, so they would still look beautiful by the time I am old enough to wear them.

A certain dress made me think of the one that belong to my mum. Hers was made of floaty deep blue floaty fabric covered in tiny white, yellow and pink flowers and pale green leaves generously scattered all over the surface. Mum always commented how comfortable and perfect that dress was for summer…

Natalia Vodianova & Neva in Field of Dreams | Vogue US November 2008 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
And come to think of it… I actually remember EVERY dress she had in her wardrobe. It was always more or less my dream wardrobe. I also remember everything I had in my own wardrobe and because, frankly speaking, every piece of clothing is associated with an event, I miss some of them badly and, without realising it fully, try to find pieces that somehow look similar to the “memories”.

Moving countries is always an experience and it forces you to leave some things behind. So in my case, building a new perfect wardrobe is, in some ways, a chance to find those precious moments and capture them in clothes and accessories because nobody can live without the past and the memories as they really make us who we are, including, as it happens, our style and choice of fashions.

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova & Neva in Field of Dreams | Vogue US November 2008 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful post I really feel that clothes should have this kind of efffect on people. Not every item of course but certainly enough so you can open your wardrobe and smile because it reminds you of who you are and where you come from.

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  2. What an awesome blog! I love this post. I feel personal style should always be inspired by personal history...it makes it more authentic. A lot of how I think about clothes and wear them and see them comes from what my dad wore (and wears) and what my grandfathers wore.


    Diego
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  3. Thanks for the comment! Love your blog, and the lace post below is BEAUTIFUL! - WMS.

    www.wardrobeofamillionairestudent.com

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  4. It'sz just like I said in my article, we think about the past, to build the present. Ah, souvenirs, souvenirs. I think I'm too much nostalgic :(

    Where do you find all these beautiful pictures? Love them all!

    Thanks for your comment.
    And have a wonderful week end too.

    xxx

    Justine

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  5. I know exactly what you mean!
    The other day I picket a blue silk dress, on a shop, just because it reminded me of another blue silk dress, my mother used to have!
    (I didn't buy it, case you're wandering!)

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  6. I loved reading this post - moving countries does indeed force you to leave things behind, I'm reflecting on this today, and the changes I've experienced moving from the UK to the US.

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  7. Some of my fondest memories are tied to the clothes I wore. Fashion has a way of acting like a 6th sense, when it comes to life's most precious moments.

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  8. Great post and so true, memories are soooo tied into the clothes that you wear. I have a few items that I just can't seem to let go of because of that very reason!

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  9. I hadn't really thought about childhood memories influencing my clothing purchases today, but I think you're really right!

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  10. I love this post! I definitely can't get rid of a few pieces because of memories attached, and recently, I've started wearing a few of my mom's "vintage" pieces!

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  11. Omigosh...what a beautiful sentiment. My mom lives in color...so anytime I buy something bright I think of her and all things leopard I think of my dear aunt who is like my other mama. Sweet sweet post. I want to hug it :).

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  12. Just beautiful and romantic!! Im following! Gretchen by 2gitanas.
    www.2-gitanas.blogspot.com

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  13. Completely true. Clothes are so much a part of our memories. Just reading your post remind me of a memoir I read called A Life In Frocks. I think you might like it :)

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