James Laver the famous costume historian and a past Keeper of
the Robes at the London Victoria and Albert Museum, was a noted authority
on dress and its relationship to society. When you assess
any fashion look bear in mind his ideas on the timeline timetable of style.
Laver's Law says that fashions have a timeline and are
considered to be:-
10 years before its time
5 years before its time
1 year before its time
1 year after its time
10 years after its time
20 years after its time
30 years after its time
50 years after its time
70 years after its time
100 years after its time
150 years after its time
James Laver was very astute, and in the 1970s Dr. Roy Strong wrote about
Laver's idea in The Times many years after it was first proposed. Why not check your
and eliminate dowdy, hideous or ridiculous items. Perhaps anything older has a
certain museum quality or will come in handy for those 70's revival nights.
Seriously if it is older than 20 years and it has a good label and in good
condition it may well be valuable - ONE DAY - it is almost certainly already
being collected by someone somewhere in the world and is described as
vintage. If you are philanthropic
consider donating the item to a museum and leave them to decide if an item has
historical value. Alternatively check out some of the
Vintage Fashion sites on
the web and find out if you can do a deal.
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