Show Me Your Collections: Jazmine

27 April 2011

jazmine's vogue collection

One way to somehow keep up your blogging whilst you have an insane amount of work, is to relate  posts to what's going on in your life.  When thinking of guest posts I could create for some of my favourite blogger friends to help out with, the theme of my final collection immediately sprang to mind.  It's loosely based on some of the themes in my dissertation, the need to collect, curate and share content online and whilst taking things away from their original context. What with all of the closet sharing sites springing up like StyleLikeU, Closet Visit and the infamous Coveteur, I wanted to put my own spin on this theme of looking at the possessions of others.  I am fascinated with collections in any shape or form, whether it's a sequence of outfits sent down the catwalk by a design house or a random selection of crockery at a car boot sale.  I already know the things I like to collect and bankrupt myself over, but the nosey parker in me wanted to know about others.  What are the particular things you love to gather and display?

jazmine's vogue collection

Jazmine
I've not even known Jazmine for a year yet but due to the magic of the blogosphere we've become great friends and I'm forever envious of her bargain wardrobe. I'm always telling her that her 'vision' is what keeps people coming back to her blog, from the cute rounded corners on her photographs, to her innate way of putting items together to form a cohesive look.  I can already tell that she has some fascinating bits and bobs from the few photos she's posted of her room, but I wanted to find out more about her collection of British Vogue issues.

When did you first start to collect Vogue magazines and why?
I first decided to start collecting British Vogue magazines after buying the December 2006 commemorative issue which was celebrating Vogue's 90th birthday. The fold out cover, which features reproductions of the best past covers tiled together, seemed so beautiful and iconic, I just knew it would be worth keeping. Since then, I haven't missed an issue of Vogue and they have been building up in various piles all around my bedroom. I have to say, that I'm not the type of girl who buys Vogue to purposely find and copy the latest trends, I simply buy Vogue as I adore the editorials, it gives me inspiration and even though it's a little pricey, it's lovely to treat myself and collect something once a month. I think everyone should have at least one collection, however small. I have many collections alongside my Vogue magazines, including postcards, jumpers, junk from car boot sales and anything to do with William Morris!

jazmine's vogue collection

jazmine's vogue collection


Which is your most treasured issue?
I wouldn't say it's my most treasured, as I 'treasure' all of my magazines, but the oldest issue I own is one from January 1975 which I bought for just two pounds from my local car boot sale. It's literally falling apart now, but it's wonderful to look through it occasionally to see how Vogue has changed and how pieces have come back into fashion over the years.
 
I'm a fan of buying magazines out of date and I love the fact that you collect issues out of sequence.  How do you come across yours?  Do you have any interesting stories to tell?
I find my out of date Vogue issues from Battersea car boot sale and in charity shops. Sometimes, depending on how cheap they are, I buy issues I already own as it allows me to have the opportunity to tear out some of my favourite editorials and pages to use in my artwork, as wrapping paper or keep in my scrapbook box. For two years my mum gifted me with a Vogue subscription, but as of late I've been buying them myself, and every now and then my lovely friend, Shana-Kaye, buys me Vogue postcards. No interesting stories, unfortunately, though my mum and I are on the lookout for an inexpensive July 1992 issue (my birthdate) to add to my collection, so if on your travels you find one please let me know!

Oooh I'll keep a lookout for one (plus an August *coughs* 1987 one for myself).  Do you prefer modern issues or those from any decade in particular?
Considering I've only been collecting Vogue issues for the last few years, I'd have to say the last decade, as that's all I've really known. I'd love to have the opportunity to read or own some of the issues from the past though, particularly from the 20s and 90s!

jazmine's vogue collection

jazmine's vogue collection

I'm a major magazine hoarder and I can never bear to throw out my ancient collection of Elle Girl and Teen Vogue issues.   How many Vogue magazines do you think you have in total?

I've just had a quick count around my bedroom and I can currently count fifty-six issues. It actually doesn't sound like an awful lot, but it really does look it, and let me tell you carrying piles of Vogue magazines from one end of my bedroom to another is really quite a challenge! If I were to have kept all of the second-hand issues I've torn my favourite pages out of and then recycled, I would have had much more, but I honestly don't have the space to store so many extra issues!
 
I tend not to buy as many magazines these days due to a constant stream of inspiration from the internet; is there anything that would stop you from collecting Vogue?

I don't think anything would really stop me from buying Vogue monthly, unless I honestly couldn't afford it or if I was no longer satisfied with the content. Whilst I also gain so much inspiration from the internet, particularly through other peoples blogs, I don't think anything can beat having a hard copy of a magazine to browse through with a cup of tea in bed or on a long train journey, because looking at a computer screen just isn't the same. It's lovely to have something to hold onto, something you know you can keep forever and pass down through generations, and to look through whenever you want. I'll definitely be collecting Vogue magazines for as long as I can.

Thanks to Jazmine for taking the photos and answering the questions so well; I definitely need to pop by and have a read of some of her issues!  Which magazines do you like to collect?

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20 comments:

  1. Okay, this is absolutely amazing! I started collecting issues of British Vogue after I got that commemorative issue too!

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  2. A GREAT collection, Vogue is ART! They decorate the house! xx

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  3. OH I DO THIS 2!! I cant get rid of my elle or vogues think mines start from 2006-now

    xxx

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  4. I feel bad that my collection of Vogue has somewhat diminished (I've given lots away and dare I say it, actually recycled some!) after I started collecting ViVi instead! That old copy of Vogue looks amazing and what, 40p? Incredible!

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  5. What an amazing feature!
    If I had the space to do so, I'd collect magazines too, although right now I'm not buying them in effort to save money!

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  6. This is so lovely. I'm a Vogue collector too and used to have the 90th edition cover montage on my wall. I was so chuffed to find by birthday vogue, I bought the same one for my friend who shares my birthday. Although I paid quite a bit for mine, robbing eBay!

    Penny x

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  7. I keep certain magazines where I particularly like the editorials but I don't have the space to have such a fab collection!

    Maria xxx

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  8. I love this idea for some guest posts. I've kept my copies of Elle for the past couple of years, but just cut pictures I like out of other magazines then recycle them.

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  9. Oh how fascinating! I have loads of old Elle Girls and Teen Vogues, even though I rarely look at them. But I know the day I chuck them out will be the day I *need* to find that one editorial!

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  10. What a fantastic collection. I love magazines - but I never end up keeping them, they always end up passed on to friends or family. I am happy to share, and usually get their old copies in return, but I do wish I'd kept a few more copies of Vogue and other iconic magazines from the years gone by...

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  11. What a great idea for a post. I used to collect Vogue's too but ran out of space, so ended up tearing out the pages to scrapbook. I now rarely buy magazines as my time is taken up with the Internet.

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  12. I would like to sit in a good armchair and read all these beautiful magazines !
    http://selenite.weebly.com

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  13. What a great collection. Vogue is Vogue
    lee x

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  14. Omg! Amazing Collection. I absolutely love Vogue. I'm running out of space to store mine!

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  15. Sounds like an amazing collection. I used to collect Vogue and Elle but ran out of space and had to get rid of them. Wishing I had kept them now.

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  16. Loved reading about Jazmine's collection. I used to be a huge magazine hoarder, but went through a minimalism phase (well and truly over now) and chucked them all, which makes me sad.

    I'm currently a little obsessed with vintage suitcases. It's an expensive habit! x

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  17. What a great collection! I hoard by accident, I'm a big ELLE reader and on my last count I have over 50 back issues I couldn't bear to throw away... ooops. What do you hoard? ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  18. I have every issue of UK Vogue since about 1986 - do you know anyone who might be interested in buying them?

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  19. I've only been collecting mine since 2009 but I love them. I agree that they take up so much space. I collect the British one too but I also own ones from America, Japan, China, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Spain. I want to collect as many different ones as possible. Australia Vogue is on my want to buy list at the moment :D

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  20. I have a large amount of old Vogue magazines (from 1969 to 1981) that I have been collecting but now I'm looking to sell them.. they take up too much room!
    I want them to go to a good home so if anyone is interested in buying a few off me then please contact me :)

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