Fashion

Dovima on a boat 1946

Dovima on a boat 1946

1950s fashion model Dovima looking impossibly stylish sitting on a boat in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This photo was taken by Toni Frissell and appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, November 1946. I love the look of the sea in this photo. Even though the photo is in black and white you can almost feel that water just(…)

My vintage: 60s housewife

My vintage: 60s housewife

I bought this outfit a couple of weeks ago and this was the first chance I’d really had to wear it. I love the spring colours in it, and I also love the fact that it’s a handmade dress from the 1960s which has now been passed down to another generation. I have no idea(…)

Contact sheet from a 1940s fashion shoot

Contact sheet from a 1940s fashion shoot

Contact sheet of photos taken by Toni Frissell in the mid to late 1940s in front of the Washington Monument. The photos were taken for an advertisement for Garfinckel’s to go into Vogue magazine. Which of these photos would you pick as the best?

My vintage: 1960s shift in cherry blossom season

My vintage: 1960s shift in cherry blossom season

I love it when the cherry blossom is out, it seems to be really late this year but it always marks the time when spring has truly arrived! Isn’t it glorious?  I’ve also been waiting for some warmer weather to get some of my new vintage shift dresses out. I love the white collar and(…)

Underwater fashion show, 1930s

Underwater fashion show, 1930s

An underwater fashion show from 1939 which seems to have taken place in a dolphin tank! This seems to have been a very ambitious idea for a fashion show… Oh, and riding giant seahorses (how could I forget that?!)

My vintage: white polka dots & a side plait

My vintage: white polka dots & a side plait

Oh, I can’t tell you how delighted I am that we’ve finally had some proper sunshine! We made the most of it and had a gorgeous day out in the sunshine, but we didn’t get around to taking photos until late afternoon, by which time my experimental side-plait hairstyle was looking a bit disheveled and(…)

My vintage: one of Thatcher’s Children

My vintage: one of Thatcher’s Children

It’s been a strange day today in the UK, with all the pomp and ceremony of the funeral of Margaret Thatcher going on. The last time we saw a funeral on this scale it was for the Queen Mother (and before that of course Diana), but this seems very different. There are no public outpourings of(…)

Vintage clothing styles: the swing dress

Vintage clothing styles: the swing dress

The swing dress started life in the dance halls of the 40s, when girls wanted to swing and lindy hop the evenings away with handsome young men, flashing some leg when they swirled on the dance floor. What is a swing dress? The swing dress is usually a knee-length dress, fitted at the waist and(…)

My vintage: my new (old) red party dress

My vintage: my new (old) red party dress

I’ve been so excited about showing you one of my latest vintage purchases, it’s a gorgeous red party dress, and isn’t it lovely? It’s the best feeling when you buy something online and it fits perfectly! Plus it was only £10 and it’s in perfect condition, which means I can justify buying it even though(…)

1950s Models and their Measurements

1950s Models and their Measurements

After the interest in Marilyn Monroe’s measurements (and the debate about whether she was really a size 16) I thought it would be interesting to look at the measurements of some of the supermodels of the 1950s and see how they compared. I assumed models of the fifties would all be very much the same(…)

Fashion sketch: sixties mod shift dress

Fashion sketch: sixties mod shift dress

I thought with all the monochrome sixties shift dresses around at the moment, I’d have a go at designing my own. What do you think..? Here are my other sketches, if you want to take a look 🙂

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

What is a cupcake dress? A cupcake dress is a very glamorous 1950s gown which had a tiny waist and a large voluminous skirt resembling a ballerina’s tutu. The skirt was usually made from tulle and often decorated with beading and trim. Think of a big frothy wedding dress or those Barbie cakes you get(…)

Fashion design: a demure 1950s wedding dress

Fashion design: a demure 1950s wedding dress

Now that it’s the Easter holidays and my little boy’s off school I’m getting the time to stop for a while and do fun things – more sketching, more exploring and hopefully some time to relax too! This is the first sketch I’ve done with some fabulous new watercolours I had for my birthday, what(…)

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

What is a wiggle dress? You hear the term wiggle dress used a lot at the moment, especially since Mad Men became popular, and often it’s applied to something which is nothing like an actual wiggle dress! A proper wiggle dress is a fitted dress meant to exaggerate an hourglass figure  and which is narrower(…)

My vintage: My birthday in the snow!

My vintage: My birthday in the snow!

Every year it snows on the week of my birthday, and every year it takes us by surprise and we’re amazed that spring hasn’t sprung yet! Having said that, most of the time the snow doesn’t settle, but we’ve got a steady covering now so I’m getting out there and enjoying it! I’m perhaps not(…)

My vintage: A beehive & energy blue tights

My vintage: A beehive & energy blue tights

Oh man, it’s still so cold out there! Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of spring and I had secret hopes of sunshine and daffodils bursting from the ground, but no luck yet. We had torrential rain and I’ve just heard that we’re forecast more snow tomorrow – help! I desperately need some(…)