What constitutes archival fashion really depends on your personal preferences and needs. However, there are some criteria that should be considered for a piece of clothing that fits into the fashion category of the archive. The term can refer to a piece that was once created in the work of your favorite designer or something that elevates their status in the fashion industry. It should be completely original, preferably in good condition, because the idea is not just to copy the past fashion trend.
With this in mind, a few key brands are popular with collectors when choosing vintage fashion pieces. These designers include Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood, Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Issei Miyake and Raf Simons, among others. They have reached this stage through their collective reputation of being self-motivated, innovative and path-breaking.
A major achievement of these designers is to incorporate a certain period of time through their designs, which when worn can transport the wearer back in time. In some cases, the archive pieces share a glimpse of how fashion movements were born – this might include the popularity of loungewear or streetwear.