To educate others on fashion through the decades, Elise By Olsen dedicated her career to opening a fashion magazine library. At 22 years old, the founder of the magazine Recens, bases the museum at a former railway station.
Fashion Magazine Library Dedicated To Research
Despite her young age, Elise By Olsen has been a fashion guru in the making for a while now. At only eight, she already had a style and culture blog. Then, at 13, she founded her style magazine Recens, which was created specifically for youngsters under 18 years old. Olsen became the youngest editor-in-chief at that age, ruining the stereotypes about teens in fashion. Later on, the icon launched another magazine – Wallet – that would quickly become sharp and critical of the industry. Now, at 22, she’s opening a real fashion magazine library! That said, Olsen has a ton of experience, and wants to show other young people that they are more than worth letting their voices sound through the fashion world. “People in fashion hold on to their positions, even though they might not be as relevant as they possibly think they are,” she commented.
The International Library of Fashion Research will be “the world’s most comprehensive repository of specialized fashion research and contemporary fashion publications.” It includes two tons of magazines, lookbooks, show invitations, catalogs, etc. Industry fans will be able to explore the content starting from the mid-1970s, free of charge. In October, anyone can access the collection in the former Oslo West railway station. To complete the mission, Olsen worked with Hanne Eide, the curator of fashion and dress in the National Museum of Norway. “We have a mutual mission,” said Eide.
Neutral Space For Fashion Discourse
The space itself will be very simple. “A neutral space for fashion discourse — that’s my mission,” Eide explained. “The archives will all be on bookshelves. It will look like a physical study room, over there is going to be a large table where you can use the archive on site, printing and scanning facilities . . . ” There won’t be any clothes, though – the goal of the fashion magazine library is to learn fashion processes, not fashion itself. “We will be extracting the costumes and looking only at processes and methods. No dummies, no mannequins,” she added. Steven Mark Klein, the American cultural theorist, gave Olsen some of his collections: Balenciaga, Givenchy, Lanvin, and so on. He was the young girl’s mentor before passive away last year.
The collection is all about commercialism and was created for promotional purposes. Olsen thinks that it’s highly important to study, even though high fashion dismisses commerce most of the time. While she would want Klein’s presence during the library opening day, the young founder is happy enough to continue his work. Thanks to collaborating with the museum, the library will present visitors with exhibitions, editorial work, a symposium, and collaborations with leading fashion schools. Some of them are the Central Saint Martins in London and the Parsons School of Design in New York. When it comes to founding new monthly magazines, Olsen is unsure. On one hand, she claims it’s not sustainable.
“But there’s definitely something about taking over something that’s dying as a concept and doing it in a new way, for a new audience,” the founder looks at the other side of the coin. “Such as a library.”