Vintage

Share your vintage with me (please!)

Share your vintage with me (please!)

Have you got some vintage family photos? Or stacks of old magazines filled with gorgeous retro fashions? If you’ve got something to share that you think would be great on We Heart Vintage please send it over. What am I looking for? Anything fascinating, vintage or fabulous from the 1900s through till  the 1980s. So(…)

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor photographed in the early 1950s for a publicity photo. Isn’t she beautiful?

Starting to wear vintage: 6 tips for vintage virgins

Starting to wear vintage: 6 tips for vintage virgins

1. Don’t be afraid to be different Individuality can be scary if you’re used to just blending in! Wearing vintage is all about discovering your individual style so take a deep breath and be brave, you might just inspire the people around you to be a little braver too! 2. Start small You don’t have(…)

Starting to sew, and whether to use vintage sewing patterns and fabric

Starting to sew, and whether to use vintage sewing patterns and fabric

I  got totally inspired by watching The Great British Sewing Bee over the last few weeks – the great news is that they’ve just announced a new 6 part series of it for next year! Anyway, it inspired me to dig out my sewing machine and dust it off. I bought a sewing machine in(…)

Win tickets to the Goodwood Revival 2013

Win tickets to the Goodwood Revival 2013

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS NICOLA TERRY, CONGRATULATIONS NICOLA, THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU TO ARRANGE YOUR TICKETS! This week’s competition is something I’m really excited about – a pair of tickets to the Goodwood Revival 2013! You probably remember the posts I did after visiting the Goodwood(…)

The gruesome truth behind Hollywood’s most famous smiles

The gruesome truth behind Hollywood’s most famous smiles

It’s no secret that A-list celebrities frequently turn to cosmetic dentistry to straighten, fix and brighten their teeth to achieve the megawatt smiles we’re used to seeing. During the golden age of Hollywood, however, many stars went further than a little tooth-whitening to maintain their icon status. Some of the stars were hiding painful secrets(…)

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?!)

Sustainability vs the throw-away fashion culture

Following the news today that over 200 people lost their lives when an 8 story clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh, it’s perhaps time to re-examine the ethics of our throw-away fashion culture. One of the companies that this factory produces clothes for was Primark, famed for it’s amazingly cheap fashion finds. I’ve never bought from(…)

The drug culture of Hollywood’s golden age

The drug culture of Hollywood’s golden age

The movie-going public adored the image of glitz and glamour presented to them by their favorite Hollywood stars in the first half of the 20th Century, but many of them were hiding dark secrets. The use of illegal (and legal) drugs was widespread and several well-known faces dabbled in narcotics.  In some cases drug use(…)

Sponsor spotlight: Clothes-Box

Sponsor spotlight: Clothes-Box

This week’s sponsor spotlight focuses on Clothes-Box who are a family business selling a beautiful mixture of vintage and vintage-inspired clothes. They’re based in the UK but offer worldwide delivery, so don’t worry you can still get yourself some gorgeous vintage finds wherever you live! They’re kindly offering We Heart Vintage readers an exclusive promo(…)

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(…)

Barbara Stanwyck when she was in the Ziegfeld Follies

Barbara Stanwyck when she was in the Ziegfeld Follies

Before she got into movies, Barbara Stanwyck spent a couple of years working as a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl. This photo looks like it is from this period, which would be 1922 and 1923. I wonder whether it’s by Alfred Cheney Johnston who was the main photographer for the Ziegfeld girls throughout the 1920s. Source and(…)

Famous Hollywood transformations: Rita Hayworth

Famous Hollywood transformations: Rita Hayworth

Would you recognize this woman as Rita Hayworth? Before she hit megastardom Hayworth underwent a huge transformation on instruction from her studio under the direction of stylist stylist Helen Hunt. It was thought that her latin looks would ‘limit’ the roles she would be cast for and she underwent a major makeover to change herself from(…)

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(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Clara Bow (including the truth about those scandals)

10 things you didn’t know about Clara Bow (including the truth about those scandals)

Clara Bow was the quintessential ‘it’ girl and a flapper icon. She was one of the few silent movie stars who made it successfully into ‘talkies’ with her thick Brooklyn accent in tact. Bow was notorious for her loose living and scandalous lifestyle, so you’ve probably heard the rumours and gossip but here are 10 facts(…)

Audrey Hepburn’s new Galaxy chocolate advert

Audrey Hepburn’s new Galaxy chocolate advert

Have you seen the new Audrey Hepburn advert for Galaxy chocolate? I think it’s only being aired in the UK, so I thought I’d share it here for everyone who hasn’t seen it yet.  It came out about a month ago and I’m not really sure what to think of it.  Audrey Hepburn has been(…)

Edward Steichen’s war photographs

Edward Steichen’s war photographs

Edward Steichen is best known (at least to me) as being one of the main photographers for Vogue and Vanity Fair during the late 1920s and 1930s. He made a name for himself as a war photographer during World War 1 and between the wars became one of the best paid and well-known fashion photographers.(…)