The Memory of My Wardrobe is a visual history and a memoir of the photographer Ida Taavitsainen told through the clothes she wears inherited from members of her family and friends.
Taavitsainen became utterly fascinated by all the potential stories behind the hand-me-downs in her wardrobe, after discovering a glamorous photograph of her grandmother wearing a tweed suit, which had been passed down to her.
The quiet and slightly eerie photographs in the book take the reader on a journey through time from the garments original owners to the photographer who wears them now.
Though she did not know or does not remember all the people, wearing their clothes has made her closer to her relatives and helped her understand how their bodies might have looked and felt. These garments were in direct contact with their bodies, touched their skins, just as they are touching Taavitsainen’s now.
The Memory of My Wardrobe is a family and a fashion history, as well a family album without any people in it.
Ida Taavitsainen (b. 1987) was born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. She was recently awarded with an MA from the photography department at the Royal College of Art in London Her work has been exhibited in England, Finland and Latvia. In 2015 she will take part in a residency in Tokyo, Japan.