Bristol Saint Vintage: February 2012

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Shoes and Bag From Dandelion Vintage

I recently purchased 2 items from Carol from The Dandelion Vintage Shop over in New Jersey - She was actually approached to supply costumes for the new series  set in the 1960's 'Pan Am' with Christina Ricci! Very Cool! The white shoes need a bit of attention- keep you up to date!

Gold Faux Leather Lady's Pride Convertible Purse from 1960's-1970's

White Heels with Pastel Weave from 1980's

Monday, 27 February 2012

Bath Vintage Fair 26th Feb 2012

Yesterday I ventured to Bath's Vintage and Antique Fair at Green Park Station.
I bought a beautiful teacup set from the 1950's and 2 pairs of 1960's gloves.

Aynsley Gretna Teacup, Saucer and Plate.

Navy Blue Dents Gloves 1960's.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

What A Find! Lastex Aqualine Swimsuit Circa 1950

I recently found a Aqualine Lastex Yellow swimsuit circa 1950 in a charity shop in Bristol!

Unfortunately it does need a bit of love! This picture is after the test wash which really brightened it up but still needs some attention around the top and something to decrease it. I'm being very cautious with it as i'm still learning about vintage clothing care.
Luckily there are so many resources online and books on the market about vintage clothing which I will dedicate a blog to in the near future.

A book I got after finding this beauty is 'The Swimsuit' by Sarah Kennedy (Available at Amazon) which is an amazing resource in terms of the history of the swimsuit. In fact it documents the invention of the Lastex material which hit the market in 1931. This was a very important point in the swimsuits history as before they were made with wool and the new material allowed a wider choice of colours and prints than ever before!

Image: Slim Aarons

MShed Exhibition Bristol

The M Shed's 'An Eye For Fashion' Exhibition of Norman Parkinson's iconic fashion photography is taking place until the 15th April this year. The photograph's ranged from 1954 to 1964 and the M Shed have put pieces from their permanent collection alongside to continue to demonstrate just how special this time was for fashion. 
A great time to go is Wednesday 28 March as it is free entry.

Mshed's Programme

Black Cocktail Dress 1962 with 'Made By Wendy' Label and Coat early 1960's by Aquascutum

Some of Norman Parkinson's images of Jean Shrimpton were included and funnily enough, 'We'll Take Manhattan' was on a few days before I went to the exhibition, which had put me in the 60's frame of mind. David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton's photoshoot for Vogue in 1962 was revolutionary at the time and the BBC's portrayal of how it happened was very interesting to me. It seems so funny that now photographers are trying to be grittier and grittier whilst being original, whereas in the 60's shooting through a chainmail fence was seen as outrageous! 

Karen Gillan as Jean Shrimpton
Photo: BBC