Vintage

Saucy Portraits of 1920s Showgirls (NSFW)

Saucy Portraits of 1920s Showgirls (NSFW)

Alfred Cheney Johnston is most well-known for his photographs of the girls who performed in the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1910s and 20s. Here are some of his more risqué photos of the girls, including one of Gloria Swanson. They probably aren’t particularly suitable for viewing at work, depending on how open-minded your boss is(…)

7 Astonishing Vintage Daredevils

7 Astonishing Vintage Daredevils

There’s a lot to be said for the time when we weren’t all glued to our smartphones, but not everything people did to relieve their boredom was a good thing.  After WW2 lots of young men with flying experience and a desire for adrenalin-fueled excitement had limited ways to enjoy themselves. So there came about(…)

The Best Dressed Men of Goodwood Revival 2014

The Best Dressed Men of Goodwood Revival 2014

As promised in my article about the most fabulously dressed ladies at Goodwood Revival this year, here are the best dressed gents. Which outfit is your favourite? I particuarly like the guy with the yellow shirt and pencil thin moustache, and the sailor… Photos used with kind permission from Matt Hind at Men’s File who(…)

Goodwood Revival 2014’s Best Dressed Ladies

Goodwood Revival 2014’s Best Dressed Ladies

You have probably already seen my snaps from this year’s Goodwood Revival, but here are some truly spectacular photos of the vintage finery seen over the weekend. I’ve chosen my favourite ladies’ outfits from Goodwood Revival 2014. I’ll do a separate feature on the dapper gents next week. The outfits I particularly love are the(…)

5 Huge Classic Hollywood Songs That Were Dubbed

5 Huge Classic Hollywood Songs That Were Dubbed

Until recently ‘ghost singing’ in movies was the best kept secret in Hollywood.  It might have been that the actor or actress simply couldn’t sing in tune, or that their voice just didn’t have the strength or range required, but one thing is for sure: dubbing was a widespread phenomenon. Actresses like Cyd Charisse, Joan(…)

My Chance to Become a Fashion Designer?

My Chance to Become a Fashion Designer?

You know I love dabbling in vintage fashion design, right? I’ve always fancied having the chance to design my own retro-inspired fashion collection and I think I might have found the inspiration to do just that! I came across this course which teaches you not only how to draw (using fabulously easy templates), but also(…)

My Goodwood Revival 2014 Photos

My Goodwood Revival 2014 Photos

We were at Goodwood Revival yesterday, and oh what a glorious day! Beautiful sunshine, fabulous fashions and some great classic car racing too. The day was only marred by my bad outfit choice: my feet really hurt due to impractical and untested shoes and I was wearing a dress which turned out to be far(…)

Random Chorus Girls #1: Pearl Aufrere

Random Chorus Girls #1: Pearl Aufrere

I couldn’t find out very much about this beautiful girl, except that her name is Pearl Aufrere, a chorus girl and actress in the early 1910s in London.  She seems to have made the news more for her illustrious engagements rather than her stage appearances. She was engaged to Viscount Dangan, an engagement which was(…)

Did You Know? Clint Eastwood Survived a Plane Crash in 1951!

Did You Know? Clint Eastwood Survived a Plane Crash in 1951!

You’ll never guess what I discovered today! Well, you probably don’t need to guess if you’ve read the title of this article… ANYWAY Clint Eastwood narrowly escaped death in a plane crash when he hitched a ride in the cargo compartment of a plane in 1951. And you thought he was just a tough guy(…)

5 Photos Which Prove the 1930s Were Impossibly Stylish*

5 Photos Which Prove the 1930s Were Impossibly Stylish*

The 1930s are a decade which haven’t really had a popular revival in the same way that the other decades of the 20th Century have. Pretty much anyone can tell you what a 1920s flapper looked like, or a 1950s circle skirt or a 1960s Mary Quant mini dress but quite often if you mention(…)

Movie Sunday: Flame Over India (North West Frontier) 1959

Movie Sunday: Flame Over India (North West Frontier) 1959

I actually watched this movie last week but haven’t had time to write it up until now. It was shown in the rush of nostalgia following the sad news of Lauren Bacall‘s death and I have to say I’m delighted this fiim was shown on TV. Lauren Bacall called it a “good little movie… with(…)

1920s Screen Icons: Lillian Gish

1920s Screen Icons: Lillian Gish

You might be surprised to know that during the 1910s and 20s the biggest name in American cinema was that of Lillian Gish. I’m sure you’ve heard of her more notorious contemporaries (good time girl Clara Bow springs to mind) but Miss Gish was the star known as The First Lady of The Silent Screen.

I Charleston The World

I Charleston The World

Who doesn’t love letting their hair down (or putting their hair up) and having a good dance? And if you’ve not got the moves yourself then watching dancing can be just as therapeutic. Just watching this amazing Charleston video (below) made me grin from ear to ear and I hope it has the same effect(…)

Vintage Fashion Photographers: Toni Frissell

Vintage Fashion Photographers: Toni Frissell

Following on from talking about Toni Frissell’s photos of children during WW2 I wanted to share some of her breathtaking fashion photos with you. She started photographing for Vogue in 1931 and was best known for her fashion photos showing active and independent women in outdoor settings, which contrasted starkly with other male photographers of(…)

2 Incredibly Moving Photos of London in WW2

2 Incredibly Moving Photos of London in WW2

Both of these photos were taken by American photographer Toni Frissell who was best known for her fashion photography for Harpers Bazaar and Vogue. During WW2 she travelled with the American Red Cross where she photographed nurses, front-line soldiers, American airmen and civilians. Her photos are very evocative and powerful, especially those of children caught(…)

10 Astonishing Vintage Inventions

10 Astonishing Vintage Inventions

10 wierd, wonderful (and sometimes terrifying) vintage inventions which have been lost in the mists of time… My favourite is the collapsable bridge invented by Mr Deth.

Win Tickets to Goodwod Revival 2014

Win Tickets to Goodwod Revival 2014

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS ROSEMARY JADE. CONGRATULATIONS ROSEMARY, WE HAVE PASSED YOUR DETAILS ONTO GOODWOOD REVIVAL AND THEY WILL CONTACT YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! Goodwood Revival 2014 is nearly upon us and I have two tickets to give away to one lucky reader! About Goodwood Revival: Goodwood Revival is an action-packed(…)

Getting a 1960s Look for Goodwood Revial

Getting a 1960s Look for Goodwood Revial

In the last of my How to Dress for Goodwood Revival series I’ve reached perhaps my favourite decade: The 1960s. Again another great way to choose an outfit from this era is to choose a famous face and try to copy their style. You could be skinny and short-skirted like Twiggy, a more grown-up version(…)