Last week fashion history and theory graduate Liberty McAnena became the latest person to take up the reins of the SHOWstudio Tumblr with her exploration of nostalgia.
McAnena's curation focused first on childhood, emphasising the somewhat contradictory nature of fashion's preoccupation with the past while also being an industry that thrives on newness and forward thinking. Day two constituted a hark back to high school days, as McAnena used an iconic shoot for The Face, by Sofia Coppola and Corinne Day, as one point of reference for fashion's obsession with preppy. McAnena went on to look at love and its undeniable evocation of nostalgia, while also exploring fashion's fetishisation of trauma. Day five saw a mesmeric manifestation of retrofuturism. Givenchy by Alexander McQueen, A/W 99 was just one point of reference for how fashion, while certainly fond of romanticising the past, is equally keen on idealising the future.
McAnena's complete curation is now available to view. Why not also peruse her own brilliant Tumblr page, which combines archive editorial imagery with poignant film stills and photography tied loosely around themes of youth, femininity and sensuality.