As Coco Chanel once said, ‘Imitation is the highest form of flattery’, and you don’t have to delve too deep into history to see that designers have long been inspired by the past – often referencing silhouettes and styles from bygone eras. The Fashion Archives, a Brisbane-based cultural initiative, understands and embraces these different cycles of fashion. Their online project is devoted to documenting fashion of the past and present, offering a wealth of inspiration to vintage lovers and makers. The Fashion Archives’ love for historical fashion goes beyond the elegantly cinched waists and carefully tailored outfits – their aim is to re-ignite our true love for fashion and bring back a culture of value and care, as opposed to mindless consumerism. Offering inspiration for DIY and ‘make do and mend’ projects, TFA tries to capture the sensibility of the old days, when garments were cherished for generations. Their site features some great insights from contemporary designers and showcases their appreciation of old school techniques, embellishments and styles. This exciting, unique platform has so much inspiration that, before you know it, you’ll be hassling your grandparents to clear out those dusty wardrobes ready for some re-invention!