The elderly Taiwanese dry cleaners who create high-fashion shoots with leftover clothes

The couple are photographed on Instagram by their grandson


Do you ever take a peek at the rails of hanging garments at the dry cleaners and wish you could try them on? As it turns out, leftover clothes are more common than you'd think at dry cleaners around the world, and while most owners plead with customers to pick up their forgotten wares, some pieces left to go to waste.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone put those garments to good use? Well, that's exactly what an elderly couple in Taiwan are doing on Instagram.

Wan-Ji and Sho-Er, 83 and 84, own a dry cleaners in central Taiwan, and have built a rapid following on Instagram by breathing new life into forgotten clothing.

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Directed by their grandson, the pair pose in old clothing that has been left behind in their dry cleaners, and the results stand up beside any high fashion photo shoot on the magazine shelves.

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如果今天還是秀娥氣勢贏,那我就會告訴萬吉,說應觀眾要求,必須出一篇秀娥特輯! 前幾天VOGUE的文章說到:「有一種愛叫萬吉和秀娥的愛❤️」,這是什麼愛?其實孫子也不知道,但當有人把整套好看的西裝送洗未取,拿來給兩人穿上,就算這次沒有相視而笑,就算衣服來自不同主人,也還是會覺得是情侶裝,這應該就是愛吧? 👴🏼萬吉(身長160) 成套西裝:至少20年以上未取成套雙排扣白西裝 內搭:8年以上未取布達佩斯紀念T(已找到新主人) 腰帶:萬吉的領帶 👵🏼秀娥(身長155) 成套西裝:至少15年以上未取全套卡其西裝 內搭:3年未取白t恤 💡溫馨提醒|洗衣服請記得拿、認同請分享❤️ These old clothes have been abandoned by customers at the laundry for years. Owners of the laundry store, Wanji and Sho-Er who are over 80 years old. Grandson just can't bear to see them overwhelmed with bore everyday. So, ask them to reinterpret fashion, hoping to let everyone know that age is not a barrier to have fun in fashion and even old clothings can transformed into trendy outfits! 💡A friendly reminder|Don’t forget to pick up your laundry. #有一種愛叫萬吉和秀娥的愛 #萬秀洗衣店 #Wantshow #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - - - #mixandmatch #clothes #ootd #wiw #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #grandma #grandpa #dappei @dappei_tw #juksyootd @mixfitmag_snap #cool_ootd #plainme_snap #plainme_life #femmefuture @nataliadornellas @irdailystyle @styleshare_kr #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート #love

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From graphic t-shirts to chic pencil skirts, leather jackets to jaunty bucket hats, Wan-Ji and Sho-Er have definitely found their calling as models and influencers. According to Taiwanese news outlets, the couple have owned their dry cleaners for over 60 years, and some of the clothing in the pictures are over 20 years old - the pair are definitely advocates for slow fashion.

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一樣的衣服換一件裙子、一樣的褲子換一件衣服,再加上秀娥一個新的態度,就成了不同的萬吉👴🏼和秀娥👵🏼 萬吉很謝謝大家關心!藏起來的右手努力康復中! 👴🏼萬吉(身長160) 襯衫:至少6年未取花襯衫 內衣:萬吉日常白內衣 褲子:萬吉私服工作短褲 👵🏼秀娥(身長155) 上衣:8年未取紀念T(已找到新主人) 領巾:再度由被遺棄的手帕擔綱 裙子:再度由秀娥30年私服擔綱 💡溫馨提醒|洗衣服請記得拿、認同請分享❤️ These old clothes have been abandoned by customers at the laundry for years. Owners of the laundry store, Wanji and Sho-Er who are over 80 years old. Grandson just can't bear to see them overwhelmed with bore everyday. So, ask them to reinterpret fashion, hoping to let everyone know that age is not a barrier to have fun in fashion and even old clothings can transformed into trendy outfits! 💡A friendly reminder|Don’t forget to pick up your laundry. #萬秀洗衣店 #Wantshow #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - #mixandmatch #clothes #craftsman #しょくにん #ootd #wiw #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #budapest #grandma #grandpa #dappei @dappei_tw #juksyootd @mixfitmag_snap #cool_ootd #plainme_snap #plainme_life #femmefuture #culturecartel @nataliadornellas #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート

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Their popularity has skyrocketed on Instagram over the last number of weeks - their first post was made on June 27, and as of today, the couple are nearing 100,000 followers on the platform.

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Their grandson, who runs the account, has made a number of posts thanking new followers for joining their fashion journey, describing how he explained to his grandparents what the surge in audience means. "Last week, Wan Ji & Sho-Er finally figured out what means by 10,000 followers = 10,000 people subscribing to newspapers (because the elderly actually don't know what “follower” is. I had to explain it this way)," he said in a recent post.

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WOW!!!50,000 Followers!謝謝每一個喜歡的大家!❤️ 上週才好不容易讓萬吉秀娥弄懂了10,000個人追蹤=10,000個人訂報紙的道理(因為老人家不懂得什麼叫追蹤,只好這樣解釋),然後剛剛馬上跟他們說今天已經50,000人訂報紙了!而且裡面有超過14,500人是外國人,萬吉的瞬間不是大笑,而是問:「那以後怎麼辦?我講台語他們聽的懂嗎?」 真的很意外大家喜歡萬吉和秀娥!在滿1萬人的時候,因為看見他們這兩週因為開心帶來的改變,我(孫子)超級感動,真的很想謝謝大家,就自掏腰包做了幾個小小小禮物送給大家,結果...做的都還沒寄來,就變成5萬了啊!大家願意等一下下嗎...雖然只有幾個,但到時候不管抽到的人是在這個世界的哪一個地方,我一定會用最快的快遞寄給你表達我的感謝! WOW!  !  !  50,000 Followers!  Thank you everyone who likes it. Last week, Wan Ji  & Sho-Er finally figured out what means by 10,000 followers = 10,000 people subscribing to newspapers (because the elderly actually don't know what “follower” is. I had to explain it this way) I told them that 50,000 people have subscribed to their newspaper today, and there are more than 14,500 people who are from other countries. At that moment, it was really funny that the reaction of Wanji was worried instead of happy. He asked, "What will happen after that? Do they understand if I speak Taiwanese?" It’s really surprising that everyone likes Wanji and Sho-Er. When it reached 10,000 followers, I (as a grandson) was so touched by the sudden change and experience in our lives in the past two weeks. I would like express our gratitude in a special way.  I decided to prepare some small gifts to our fans. but ...unexpectedly, before the gifts were able to be delivered to my house, it turns into 50,000 followers. Please wait for a while...although I only prepare a few gifts. I will randomly draw a few lucky fans. No matter where in the world our fans are, I will send the gift to you by the fastest express delivery to express my gratitude. #萬秀洗衣店 #萬秀的洗衣店 #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - - - _ #mixandmatch #clothes #ootd #wiw #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #grandma #grandpa #femmefuture #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート #love #laundry #outfits

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"I told them that 50,000 people have subscribed to their newspaper today, and there are more than 14,500 people who are from other countries. At that moment, it was really funny that the reaction of Wanji was worried instead of happy. He asked, "What will happen after that? Do they understand if I speak Taiwanese?"'

The couple have caught the attention of major publications in their country, like Vogue Taiwan and GQ Taiwan, with their fresh and fun approach to sustainable fashion. Their grandson summed it up perfectly in a recent Instagram post: "Ask them to reinterpret fashion, hoping to let everyone know that age is not a barrier to have fun in fashion and even old clothings can transformed into trendy outfits!"


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