Exploring The Arc, One of Fashion's Greatest Archives

Walking into The Arc is like stumbling upon Aladdin’s Cave – albeit one that is tucked away behind a takeaway on Hackney’s Mare Street. This is the rare collection of sartorial wonders personally amassed by Jennefer Osterhoudt, the San Franciscan designer who was at the side of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen during the 90s and early 00s in both of their eponymous studios, as well as during their respective fabled tenures in the couture ateliers of Givenchy. The white, windowless space is filled with double-tiered and colour-coordinated rails supporting some of the most immediately recognisable pieces of ready-to-wear and haute couture in the world. There’s a glass cabinet full of tea-stained invitations to Galliano’s earlier shows; a garment bag filled with 16 yards of lavender taffeta that once cascaded over a dozen mattresses as part of Galliano’s first-ever haute couture collection; more than 300 pair of shoes, many of which were made by Manolo Blahnik and remain inscribed with the names of the supermodels that teetered down the Paris runways in them. It’s a collection to rival that of the leading museums – and of even the most fearsome and hawk-eyed collectors. via AnotherMag