With the constant influx of social media in modern times, the entire process of selecting just who to "follow"; which individuals will bring visual pleasantries of inspiring imagery and thought-provoking text that doesn't get lost in an over-populated feed. The process of elimination can be overwhelming and utterly daunting. Some hyper social media addicts use their platforms for sporadic bursts of erratic thought processes, caving to any and everything that merely piques their interests at any given moment. This results in chaotic profiles over-saturated with random "daily quotes", blurry food pics, so many selfies, and #regrams from share-happy celebs. Phew. It's exhausting even thinking about it all! The good news is, thoughtful, creative minds with a sharp eye still exist out there within the expansive socially-conscious interwebs, using popular platforms like Instagram for the very purpose it was created--to share photos through many diverse filters aiding in making decent photos artistically cooler. These days, unless you have some serious star-power you're going to need content that's purely interesting, curated in an intriguing manner in order to gain followers and buzz on Instagram.
We get excited every time a photo from the @costumeinstitutelibrary shows up in our feed, refreshingly so. Maintained by Librarian Julie Lê with The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, their Instagram provides a glorious sneak-peek at some of the Library's best periodicals of fashion. What's more impressive than The Museum's copies of 1930s American Menswear Fashion Plates, pages of Irving Penn's greatest photography, 1940s illustrations by Lanvin, 1980s covers of The Face featuring Boy George, or even our favorite--90s fashion memorabilia of Gianni Versace and any of the era's supermodel greats (hello Linda, Christy, and Naomi!)? Simply the fact that Lê not only takes a uniform, consistent photo of each periodical, she also always posts three different copies of the subject at hand; it's this thoughtful process that makes for a great Instagram. Scrolling through the collection of @costumeinstitutelibary photos is exactly like flipping through a perfectly stylized catalogue, and nothing negated by the realms of social media.