As a lover of both music and fashion, Annoni started collecting in high school, and has since turned his hobby into a full-time gig. Sometimes he purchases pieces to collect them; other times, he is approached by stylists or designers, who pay him to archive and store costumes in his climate-controlled warehouses, which are located in both California and Pennsylvania. He estimates he’s archived over 15,000 pieces so far. “It takes up my time, day and night,” says Annoni. “The people I work with are always on different time schedules, with them being located all around the world.”
Below, Annoni explains how he grew his collection, what his favorite performance looks are, and what his rarest find of all time is.
1. How did you start collecting?
I started collecting in my junior year of high school. I played baseball seven days a week, and one day I got home from playing and could not walk. I ended up having to have a biological knee replacement. I had to be homeschooled for the last two years of high school, because if my knee got bumped, it would ruin the surgery. During that time, I started making connections in the fashion industry and with musicians. I had a great mentor that I met during my surgery who showed me the ropes to archiving. She sadly passed, but I am forever grateful for what she taught me. If it was not for her, I would not be doing what I am doing. Designers and stylists have also taken me under their wing.