What does 25,000 vintage fashion magazines look like?

Posted March 17 2014

Our favourite moment when we receive visitors is seeing their eyes wide as the penny drops and they realise that visiting our archives is an Aladdin's cave of rare fashion gems. No matter how often we describe it there is no substitute for visiting and beginning to dig into 25,000 vintage fashion magazines.

 

So what does it look like? Thats almost impossible to say. It is more of an experience than a sight, a constant sugar rush of fashion history as your eyes accustom to the rows and rows of printed inspiration. Impossible to say what it looks like but we have had some fun taking photographs to give you a glimpse.

The archive is located in a large historic house in South East london, close to Brixton. There are 15,000 magazines on site and another 10,000 offsite at a warehouse nearby, all catalogued and boxed for instant retrieval. We have kept the majority of the collection available for inspection in our offices, and the photographs you see on this blog post are from just two rooms in the house. We have four rooms dedicated to the archive onsite, all full from floor to ceiling. If you really want to have a closer look you can download a folder here of these as High Resolution files and zoom in to see the spines. They are copyrighted for commercial use but feel free to share for personal as creative commons.

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