These Fashion Platforms provide Inspiration during Lockdown

Chances are that the novelty of self-isolation has now really worked out, and boredom, stress and anxiety are popping up. Those in the creative industry who are used to practical work should feel rather restless at the moment. Locked in the small rooms of the Amsterdam canal houses, the possibilities to express yourself creatively are quite unfeasible at the moment. Rather than scrolling through negative COVID-19 news all day, the creative industries around the world are committed to making your quarantine time a little more tolerant.

The Institut Français de la Mode offers a free online course of four weeks. In Understanding Fashion: from Business to Culture, industry professionals such as fashion designer Paul Smith, Sidney Toledano, CEO of LVMH Fashion Group, and Bruno Pavlovsky, director of Chanel, share their knowledge with the general public. You can find the course from today on the online training  platform FutureLearn . If you register, you can follow the lessons for free.

Alexander McQueen also uses his Sarabande Foundation to host free talks every day. The ‘Sarabande Sessions’ covers art, fashion and design and already has big names planned. For example, it was recently confirmed that British fashion designer Molly Goddard will engage with legendary photographer Tim Walker. 

Numerous magazines offer their archives during the lockdown. The German fashion magazine INDIE Magazine has made a selection of favorite issues public. 

You can now also view the complete archive of Dutch photography magazine FOAM. Even the issues that were previously sold out are now available again. 

One of my favorite podcasts as someone who is obsessed with magazines is magCulture; a platform that does justice to the wonders of print, a sort of Athenaeum of the world, but both off- and online. During their latest podcast, Jeremly invited Leslie Ricarda Messner of SOFA Magazine (another great quarantine read) to talk about her favorite magazines and to explain the concept of SOFA. The editor-in-chief of ZEIT magazine Christoph Amend will inform you of his plans from Amsterdam.