The present is a tricky space to navigate. It lies between a past that has already been shaped into what it will be and a future full of (or fraught with) potential. Living in the moment of now leads to an uncertainty that is all too familiar when discussing fashion: questions are raised daily about the state of retail, the state of creativity, the state of the fashion industry as a whole. As we collectively seek out change in the right direction, it is interesting that, up to this point, many designers have chosen to look to the past for answers. In a review of Dries Van Noten’s Fall/Winter ‘17 show for the Washington Post, journalist Robin Givhan makes note of the way in which fashion has traditionally interacted with history: “The past, while a source of inspiration, is not something to celebrate. It must be reinvented, subverted or, occasionally, memorialized.’”

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