Today is national Tell a Story Day in the United States and we wanted to participate and engage our Télio online community. We asked our Instagram followers to share with us their #FashionMemories. Those specific moments from their childhoods (or later in life) where they fell in love with fashion. For some it’s probably hard to pin down, but for others, the moments are still very clear in their memories, as if it was yesterday.
We received lots of memories, some were hilarious, some were very touching and some of them made us all very jealous!
We’ve chosen to share 5 of these #FashionMemories with you (we’ve edited and paraphrased for optimum impact).
”I fell in love with fashion when I was 6 years old. My mother got remarried and on the day of the wedding she allowed me to be in the room with her and my aunts as she got ready. I hadn’t seen her wedding dress before that day, but when she took it out I gasped. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life. I immediately asked my mother if I could touch it, she made me run and wash my hands first because I was eating cookies, then I put 1 finger on it. That moment, when my index finger touched the fabric is when I fell in love with fashion. How something so beautiful could feel so smooth. I was hooked.”
Monica from Toronto told us about how she viewed fashion in a different way once she started watching Sex and the City. The work of legendary costume designer Patricia Field taught her that you can play with fashion, that the rules are there to be broken and that you can tell a whole story with clothes. All the SATC ladies had their distinct personalities and styles and it was truly inspiring for her to see and watch. It gave her the confidence to start experimenting with fashion and take more risks.
Stephanie’s mom was a makeup artists and she brought her daughter with her when she travelled and did makeup for fashion shows. We can’t imagine how much fun it must have been to be a little girl back stage at major runway shows. She says the models always told her how cute she looked and asked her if she wanted to be a model one day. She used to say she wanted to be a makeup artist like her mother, but now, her heart is 100% into fashion design. Those tall perfect girls she met as a child are always in the back of her head and act as muses for her designs.
For Kelly from Vancouver, it was her grand mother’s vintage Chanel jacket that did it. She found it in the closet, put it on and simply couldn’t take it off. It felt like nothing she’d ever felt before. It fit her perfectly, and she describes it as being kind of weightless. First, the only thing that was clear is that she wanted to own one in the future, later on she realized that it was more than that. She wanted to touch, feel, and work with items such as that Chanel jacket every day. She needed to make it her job. Today, Kelly is a successful stylist.
”I found a picture of Marilyn Monroe in one of my mom’s magazines when I was young and I thought she looked so beautiful and glamorous. It’s that picture with the white dress and the wind blowing underneath her. I love that dress, I think it’s still one of my favourite dresses ever. I was Marilyn Monroe for Halloween, twice. She’s such an icon.”
Feel free to share with us your #FashionMemories in the comments section.