New Again: Merry Faxmas

Happy almost Christmas! We know you’re excited to unwrap your iPhone/iPad/Android, etc., but before you do, we thought we’d take you back to a simpler time: before the smartphone, a little before the proliferation of the pager, when the fax machine was the apex of modern technology.

Christmas Message Faxes
By Ronnie Cooke

Fashion and technology strike like lightning. A last-minute… last second Christmas greeting from: Marc Audibet, Geoffrey Beene, Manolo Blahnik, Paul Cavaco, Romeo Gigli, Irie, Martin Margiela, Christian Francis Roth, Paul Smith, Sybilla, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Richard Tyler, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood. It seems that “How did I ever live without you?” is spoken more often to the fax machine than to loved ones. We’re thrilled that pages, solicited or unsolicited, can be sent faster than a speeding bullet. But there’s more to this invention than convenience. If the camera changed everything, including fashion, then what slot in history lies ahead for the fax machine, and what new forms will faxes take? Maybe fashion designers will be commissioned to create the look of future faxes, much as Detroit car companies hired Blass, Givenchy, Pucci, and Cardin to snazz up their cars in the ’70s. In the meantime, to rev up for this fun and jolly season, we invited fun-loving, fax-owning designers to send a fashion-fax Christmas message to someone special through our fax at
Interview. And a fashionable Christmas to you. MERRY FAXMAS.


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