TEEN VOGUE - WHY ARE WE ALL DRESSING LIKE GRANDPARENTS?

Why Are We All Dressing Like Grandparents?

We’ve swapped our kindergarten-inspired outfits for looks inspired by our grandparents.

BY SARA RADIN

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

ILLUSTRATION BY    ANA LEOVY

ILLUSTRATION BY ANA LEOVY

From a young age, Wiznia, founder of The Series, recalls going to auctions, antique malls, and vintage shops. “My mom was an antique dealer who would travel all over to find exquisite pieces, and then she would resell them in New York, and my dad was drawn in by the historical value these objects held,” she says. “Our home was outfitted with found pieces as well as antique treasures passed down through generations of my maternal grandmother's family, including 18th-century silverware, hand-hooked rugs, Hudson River School oil paintings, crazy quilts, and Depression glass.” Through her clothing brand, the 25-year-old has committed to working only with pre-existing and found materials.

While sourcing for materials, Wiznia found countless discarded quilts, crocheted blankets, and hand-embroidered linens, and was overwhelmed by an appreciation for the tremendous amount of work that was put into each of those pieces. She also felt sad about how easily those pieces were discarded. “I wanted to find a way to reuse these gorgeous relics,” she says, “in a way where they could be appreciated and celebrated every day.” This idea inspired the designs of her Yo Yo Tank, made from a reconstructed quilt; the Crochet Tank, created using vintage, handmade granny squares; and the Daisy Tank, constructed from a vintage handmade crocheted throw.