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Queen Elizabeth II in the 1930s, 40s and 50s

Queen Elizabeth II in the 1930s, 40s and 50s

Tomorrow Queen Elizabeth II overtakes Queen Victoria as the longest serving monarch in British History.  I was born in the 1970s so she’s always seemed very much an older woman to me, so I thought it might be nice to see some photos of her as a young woman. I particularly love the photos of(…)

Divine Provenance

Divine Provenance

Have you heard the amazing story of this vintage 1950s wedding dress?  It was anonymously donated to the charity St. Gemma’s Hospice (who are based in Yorkshire, UK) with the following note pinned to it: “I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one 56 years like I(…)

Snapshot: Paris in 1926

Snapshot: Paris in 1926

I love the idea of collating images which give a real flavour of what a place was like at a point in time. All of the photos below were taken in Paris in 1926. They range from Josephine Baker dancing at the Folies-Bergère, to photos of buildings, shop windows, fashions and bridges along with some(…)

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

I visited the Wedding Dresses (1775-2014) exhibition at the V&A last week. It was a fantastic display of bridal fashions ranging from incredibly wide 1700s dresses which would make you turn sideways to get through doorways (I explained that really badly, I mean this kind type of thing), to modern day celebrity wedding dresses. The(…)

Marilyn Monroe’s Wedding Dresses (Her Real Ones)

Marilyn Monroe’s Wedding Dresses (Her Real Ones)

Marilyn Monroe was married three times, once as a sixteen-year-old brunette in the 1940s, and twice more at the height of her stardom. You don’t hear much about her wedding outfits, and I think that’s because she never chose to wear a classic wedding dress. Actually she did wear a traditional white wedding gown for(…)

How Did Edwardian Ladies become Frivolous Flappers in Just 1 Decade?

How Did Edwardian Ladies become Frivolous Flappers in Just 1 Decade?

How did women go from the straight laced Edwardian era to free and easy fashions of 1920s flapper in just 1 decade? The catalyst was the same that changed not only fashion, but society and many aspects of everyday life: war. The Edwardian Era Just in case you’re not sure what Edwardian ladies looked like,(…)

The V&A: A Trip Through 19th Century Fashion

The V&A: A Trip Through 19th Century Fashion

I visited the V&A a week or so ago. One of my favourite museums in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum is an eclectic mix of sculptures, religious art, design and fashion, but on this visit I wanted to spend some time in their Fashion section. One thing which really surprised me was the size of(…)

The Downton Abbey Wedding Dresses: Did They Get It Wrong?

The Downton Abbey Wedding Dresses: Did They Get It Wrong?

I don’t profess to be any kind of historical costume expert, but I do have an interest in vintage fashions and I love a good wedding dress. Because of this I’ve spent hours both looking at old wedding photos and watching Downton Abbey, and it strikes me that they don’t seem to tally at all!(…)

A Moment in Time: Skirts Blowing in the Wind 1930

A Moment in Time: Skirts Blowing in the Wind 1930

I thought this photo was delightful, there’s something delicious about seeing little glimpses back in time. It looks like neither these women nor the ships officer knew this photo was being taken and I love the way the ladies are both trying to stop their skirts from flying up in the breeze.  It’s so much(…)

Still Making Money from Marilyn

Still Making Money from Marilyn

I’ve just read that Max Factor have announced Marilyn Monroe as their new ‘global glamour ambassador’. They’ve done this based on the fact that Marilyn was a client of Max Factor back when they ran a beauty salon in the 1940s and they claim to have been responsible for her trademark starlet makeover. I’m not(…)

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

These couture designs seem to mostly be by French fashion designer Lucien Lelong, who ran a French fashion house from the 1920s-1940s. Hubert de Givenchy trailed as a designer for Lelong, and Garbo and Gloria Swanson were amongst the celebrities who wore his fashions. Aren’t these designs glorious? Way better than the modernized versions of(…)

Vintage Fever: The Return of Retro Fashion

Vintage Fever: The Return of Retro Fashion

I love this vintage fashion infographic. Not only is it championing classic vintage styles which have been revived over and over again, but I love the illustrations too. I keep meaning to practice my sketching, but life always seems to get in the way. It’s definitely something which will be a new year’s resolution for(…)

1970s Style Icons: Bianca Jagger

1970s Style Icons: Bianca Jagger

Wife to Mick and mother to Jade Jagger, Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias met the lead singer of the Rolling Stones at a party in 1970. They married in May 1971 when she was already 4 months pregnant. The Nicaraguan socialite quickly became known as one of the most distinctively stylish women of the decade, from the(…)

Vintage Shopping: The Best Black Friday Discount Codes and Sales

Vintage Shopping: The Best Black Friday Discount Codes and Sales

There are some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales going on out there today and I’ve gathered up the best vintage sales and discounts around for you to enjoy!  I’ve ordered them by discount, starting with highest first, but make sure you don’t miss out on the special offers and sale section at the(…)

The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

The nights are getting darker, tears are being shed over the latest sentimental John Lewis Christmas ad and apparently the Coca Cola Truck is coming to our town soon. It can only mean one thing: it’s nearly party dress season! I love vintage party dresses, they are just so glorious! I’ve got a mixture of(…)

Vintage Lookbook: Pretty in Pink

Vintage Lookbook: Pretty in Pink

I know winter is closing in on us from every direction, but it’s still warm enough to be wearing pretty dresses if you layer them up with a cute cardigan! Don’t you just love these pretty bow false eyelashes? I’m not sure how comfortable they would be to wear, but they look gorgeous, and you(…)

An Etsy Store Owner’s Tips for Selling Vintage (With Etsy Coupon Code)

An Etsy Store Owner’s Tips for Selling Vintage (With Etsy Coupon Code)

If you love vintage blogs you’ll know Jessica from Chronically Vintage (and if you don’t go check her out right now!) but you might not have realised that she launched her own vintage business on Etsy earlier this year. With millions of items being listed on Etsy each month competition can be fierce. How do(…)

The Best Vintage Coats of Winter 2014

The Best Vintage Coats of Winter 2014

The thing I find so irresistible about vintage is the sheer variety out there. There isn’t a high-street store in the world where you would be able to find this cornucopia of variety! I’ve chosen everything from antique Victorian mourning capes, to 1920s Art Deco, 50s fur jackets, 60s swing coats, 70s sheepskin and a(…)