The Fashion of Art History Reimagined Through Instagram

By Zoe Whitfield

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Despite making its Instagram debut just three months ago, the innovative new account @ArtGarments is already supplying a sartorially-inclined stream of pre-20th-century art to the handheld feeds of over 23,000 people. A shared project – and by all means, a consuming labour of love – by two inconspicuous individuals based in New York, the account frames intricate garment details and style notes from classical works by the likes of Alexis Joseph Perignon, Giacomo Ceruti and Frédéric Soulacroix through the most contemporary of social platforms. Here, one half of the enigmatic pair (who wishes to remain anonymous) explains why bringing ruffs and bustles to the frontline of digital culture is of paramount importance.

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