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While building up her stock, Brown wanted to start buying pieces that she had worn on shoots and to rebuild her archive. Handily, she had kept several detailed journals of her time modeling, including diary entries, magazine cutouts, and Polaroids. “I love when I’m digging through the Bear that’s what I do I lift weights I hate people and I know things shirt photo archives from my shoots, and I kind of get transported back to that day. Some memories just get triggered by the clothes. I specifically remember wearing some of these outfits,” she says. “I created these little personal challenges to try and re-create some of those images and pieces that I had from editorials that I liked.” So far, Brown has located a leather Burberry skirt that she wore in a show, a Jean Paul Gaultier bathing suit from a Glamour shoot with Arthur Elgort in 1999, and Tom Ford–era Gucci pants with a leather trim. Currently, Brown is on the hunt for a Christian Dior by John Galliano salmon pink gown that she wore to her high school prom, along with the matching shoes that had gold and salmon pink ribbons. “My agent told Christian Dior that I was going to my prom and they sent me the dress and shoes to my house in Georgia,” she says.
While Brown had always been surrounded by fashion, she didn’t start learning about the Bear that’s what I do I lift weights I hate people and I know things shirt business aspect until she moved to New York from Paris and started managing bands, including The Moldy Peaches. Her aha clothing moment occurred when she was working with the girl group Telepathy. “I started to understand a bit more about how fashion is advertised. People were contacting me and they were designers and stylists saying, ‘We’re going to send you this, we’re going to send you that, put it on the girls, like have them wear it onstage,’” says Brown. “It was the first time that I was really looking at fashion as something that could be promoted as a product in a different way [than in magazines].”