Posted: April 19, 2012 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives

Ever wonder about how designer denim got so popular? It was all Calvin Klein.  He wanted girls who couldn’t afford to wear his clothes to wear his jeans.  Before jeans were baggy Levi’s for work but designer denim proceeded to create the tighter sexier jeans we have today.

Or what about Karl Lagerfeld? Chanel was about to bow out in dignity and elegance.  But Lagerfeld revamped Chanel into the bad-girl chic with quilted leather and chains.

Want to know where Christian Louboutin first fell in love with shoes? It wasn’t during fashion week or his mother’s closet.  His fascination and love first began with Parisian showgirls he snuck in to see at age sixteen.

Guess what Audrey Hepburn was doing before she made black cigarette jeans and oversize sunglasses icons.  She was training in Germany to become a ballerina and when she had to give up her dream—that’s when she turned to acting.

How do I know all of this? Well, I recently discovered every fashion enthusiast’s dream: Voguepedia.  It’s exactly what it sounds like, an online database tracking the world of fashion through Vogue.  Documenting 119 years of fashion designers, photographers, editors, brands and turning points.  Even though the site is still developing it is one of Anna Wintour’s most brilliant ideas.

My favorite find on Voguepedia was Vogue Diaries: Sarah Jessica Parker.  They filmed behind the scenes of her photo shoot and interviewed her.  SJP is one of the most fabulous style icons, whether she’s Carrie or on the red carpet her style is impeccable.

-Sara Freund


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