5 super-inspiring archival fashion instagram accounts to follow

From pages packed with Raf Simons’ punk patches to accounts dedicated to Margiela’s earliest masked models, here are the flashback fashion accounts your feed desperately needs.

by Emily Manning
Nov 5 2015, 3:50pm

This summer, our thumbs were double tapping at the speed of light when we caught wind of @archivesmargiela, an Instagram account dedicated to documenting the cryptic house from its very first masked model in 88 to fall/winter 13's raincoat invitation. Crushingly, the account and its iconic throwback images were mysteriously removed. To fill the Tabi-boot-shaped hole left in our hearts, we've packed our feeds with some of the best archival fashion accounts Instagram has to offer.

Image via @she_comes_in_technicolor

@she_comes_in_technicolor: If you're like us (or fellow followers Lily-Rose Depp and Rowan Blanchard), you'd be happy draining your entire battery scrolling through Chicago-based jewelry designer Sarah Shikma's ultimate archival account. Launched earlier this year with a few snaps of Chloë Sevigny from The Face, @she_comes_in_technicolor is an impossibly well curated celebration of runway moments, magazine scans, and reference imagery from Alaïa to Aaliyah. Following her primary account's massive success, Shikma launched its male counterpart -- @he_comes_in_technicolor -- just over a month ago. Some standout selections include a runway shot of Raf Simons' 98 "Black Palms" collection, this Issey Miyake boot print detail, and -- not to toot our own horn -- a few shots from Kate Garner's "Cats on a Hot Tin Roof," photographed for i-D's August 1989 "The Raw Issue."

Image via @camillebwaddington

@camillebwaddington: The iconic Franco-British stylist could pack her page full of her own French Vogue and Self Service credits, but where's the fun in that? As Alice Pfeiffer wrote of Bidault-Waddington, she is "particularly adept at finding the thin line between what is elegant and what is ridiculous," and nowhere is this more apparent than her crazy colorful Instagram feed. An often captionless window into Bidault-Waddington's world turns up early images of Siouxsie Sioux, Raf Simons' 02 red riding hoods, and a fair amount of liquid metallic body paint.

Image via @dordy71

@dordy71: Duncan Ord has access to the modeling industry's freshest faces, but the Women Management agent's account is never short on nostalgia. Ord has a soft spot for advertising, and frequently grams standout campaigns like Maggie Rizer's super stoic bike ride for Calvin Klein and Corinne Day's daydreaming Miu Miu snap. But Ord also has an eye for major menswear moments, like this spooky shot from one of The Face's most celebrated editorials, Salem's Lot, and Juergen Teller's super snap from an earlier issue.

Image via @raf_simons_archives

@raf_simons_archives: Before this Raf archival account goes the way of the ill-fated Margiela page, take a peek at a celebration of all things Simons. This archival compendium pays particular attention to the Belgian maverick's use of graphics, from Peter Saville's Joy Division artwork featured in 03's Closer collection to Teenage Summercamp typography and all the punk patches in between.

Image via @wardrobedept

@wardrobedept: Though many archival accounts have mined the Antwerp Six gods and 80s Japanese anti-fashion for inspirational images, there's still much to be said for 60s and 70s stylish throw backs. Scroll through @woodstockings or @seventiees for some trippy time travel -- the pages are packed with sky high platforms and early snaps of the Star Man's most cosmic attire. But for the perfect balance of 70s grooves and 90s grit, head to @wardrobedept for vintage across the ages. It's where Joni Mitchell's overalls and Mark Borthwick's iconic Margiela snaps live in perfect harmony. 


Text Emily Manning
Images via @she_comes_in_technicolor@he_comes_in_technicolor@wardrobedept