ALL TOO FAMILIAR

Clay Stephen Gardner and Mary Sucaet find inspiration amongst the all-too familiar forgotten heirlooms of childhood.

PHOTOGRAPHY_ CLAY STEPHEN GARDNER

STYLING_ MARY SUCAET 

ALL TOO FAMILIAR
While sifting between school uniforms and Goodwill sweaters, old costumes and familial heirlooms, creatives Clay Stephen Gardner and Mary Sucaet found overflows of inspiration amongst the all-too familiar. After taking a visit to Mary’s childhood home, they both constructed timelessly innovative ensembles out of the otherwise-seeming mundane or dull. From pairing vintage handkerchiefs with uniform skirts, and embroidered leather alongside lace stockings, their orchestrated collection shows how the residents of a childhood home’s basement can instill a lifelong affinity for well-made, and well-loved, clothing.

MADELYN WEARS_ TOP_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / HANDCUFFS_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / JEANS_ VINTAGE SAILOR DENIM_ 1950S_ CHICKEE’S

MADELYN WEARS_ HANDKERCHIEF_ 1940S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM / TOP_ UPCYCLED FROM FABRIC SCRAPS / SKIRT_ UPCYCLED SCHOOL UNIFORM_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / UNDERWEAR_ MODEL’S OWN — MARGO WEARS_ TOP_ UPCYCLED FROM FABRIC SCRAPS / SKIRT_ UPCYCLED SCHOOL UNIFORM_ 1990S_ GOODWILL

MADELYN WEARS_ TEE_ 1980S_ GOODWILL / JEANS_ LEE_ VINTAGE_ FRONT GENERAL STORE / BOOTS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN — MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SWEATSHIRT_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / SHORTS_ RUSSELL BRAND ATHLETICS_ 1990S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM / SHOES_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SOCKS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SWEATSHIRT_ CHAMPION_ 1980S_ ARMADA FLEA MARKET / SKIRT_ UPCYCLED TUTU_ 2000S_ GOODWILL

MADELYN WEARS_ HANDKERCHIEF_ 1940S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM / TOP_ HANDMADE_ VINTAGE_ GOODWILL / JEANS_ VINTAGE SAILOR DENIM_ 1950S_ CHICKEE’S / UNDERWEAR_ MODEL’S OWN — MARGO WEARS_ SWEATSHIRT_ AGNES B. HOMME PARIS_ 1990S_ CHICKEE’S / BELT_ 1970S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM /SHORTS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ MODEL’S OWN / JACKET_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / TURTLENECK_ RALPH LAUREN_ 1990S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM

MADELYN WEARS_ JACKET_ RALPH LAUREN_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / DRESS_ UPCYCLED SCHOOL UNIFORM SKIRT AS DRESS_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / SHOES_ BOTTEGA VENETA_ THE REALREAL / SOCKS_ 1940S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / JACKET_ VINTAGE EMBROIDERED LEATHER_ AMERICAN HEART_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / STOCKINGS_ UPCYCLED STOCKINGS WITH UPCYCLED BOWS_ GOODWILL

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / TOP_ COMME DES GARçONS_ 1990S_ BEACON’S CLOSET / BUTTON_ UPCYCLED MICKEY MOUSE HEIRLOOM_ ARMADA FLEA MARKET

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / RAIN JACKET_ ARMY SURPLUS_ 1980S_ JOE’S ARMY/NAVY / BOOTS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN

MARGO WEARS_ T-SHIRT_ 1980S_ GOODWILL / SHORT’S_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SHIRT_ UPCYCLED_ JIL SANDER_ 2000S_ THE REAL REAL / TIGHTS_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / SHOES_ CHUCK TAYLOR_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM

MADELYN WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SWEATSHIRT_ 1990S_ MOTHFOOD / GLOVES_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / SKIRT_ RALPH LAUREN_ 1990S_ GOODWILL

MADELYN WEARS_ SHIRT_ MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA_ 2000S_ DEPOP / TIGHTS_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL

MODEL_ MADELYN WHITLEY / MARGO WHITLEY

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