I have a time machine…
…well…of sorts…it’s called a camera and a chance to take some photos of fashion transitions thru time, by attending a local antique/vintage fair.
I used to attend the fair predominately for the antiques, but a few years ago they started having more booths that carried some vintage textiles, handbags and jewelry, and each year since they have a few more. The amazing vintage clothing hasn’t taken over the fair, Ballarat is after all very keen on its antiques. BUT the only reason I attend anymore is to check out the vintage clothing and jewelry. Yesterday, I brought the camera along and was able to get a few photos at a couple of the booths.
As I got nearly down the first aisle of antiques I saw this dress from a couple of booths away. It was feminine, flirty and fuchsia and full-skirted! So love at first sight! I loved the neckline, very flattering for someone like me who is a little busty but just as lovely on one not so well endowed. I kept thinking how fantastic this would be to wear to Melbourne Cup during the Spring Racing Carnival.
So, why don’t I own it?
The lady running the booth, was not very customer friendly. When I asked if there was somewhere to try it on because I was worried the bust might be a little too small, she gave me every reason in the book not to try it on. She would have to take it off the dress dummy, she didn’t have a change room because her space was too small, I’d have to take it to the bathroom stalls and that was the other side of the building. So I gladly kept my $300 and moved on.
Thank goodness the next vintage fashion booth I came to was “Coutura”. I first spotted them last year and was thrilled to find them again this year. Not only did Lena have a fantastic selection of vintage accessories but she had some beautiful dresses. In fact, I bought one and will share it with you tomorrow! Lena has lovely taste in clothing and accessories. You could dress yourself in head-to-toe vintage from her shop and look stunning or you could find a signature piece of jewelry and be equally amazing. AND, unlike the previous booth holder, Lena has a lovely smile and very friendly manner.
“Coutura Vintage” Lena Slater 04 8862 3448
http://www.couturavintage.com (currently under construction)
I was then drawn into Vintage Linens & Collectables. Such beautiful textiles and used in so many creative ways. Bruna Capodanno, the shop owner, had on a lovely lace overlay and everything about her booth was beautiful. I love that her tagline is “Revived, hand crafted linen for modern living”. She had everything from retro tea towels to cushions, antique wedding laces and vintage haberdashery. She also took the time to tell me about a big vintage even coming up in Melbourne and suggested it is “the vintage even to attend”…so you know I will be there!
Vintage Linens & Collectablesby Bruna Capodannophone: 0406 255 758
firstname.lastname@example.orgVintage Linens & Collectables on Facebook
Here’s info to the vintage event Bruna mentioned:
Love Vintage Showhttp://www.lovevintage.com.au
Brisbane April 5-7Brisbane Exhibition Centre, South Bank
There was also a collection of vintage wedding dresses on display, so I have a couple of photos to share of them.
They had something from every era starting with Victorian and moving into the Edwardian, Deco and on into the mid-century styles. I loved the simplicity of the Edwardian gown above. Beautiful lace cotton with a sash and flowers at the waist. Although the style would look shocking on my shape, I do have an affinity to Edwardian and Deco styles.
Hope you enjoyed the photos from fashion transitions thru time. Stay tuned for the reveal of the dress I purchased tomorrow!
Do you wear vintage clothing? Which decade is your favourite?
- Going Vintage… it’s cheaper than you think (savoo.co.uk)
- The Vintage. (shopstanzino.com)
- Adele shopped here: Vintage shop gets TV series (sacbee.com)
- Top Vintage Trend Items (redenvelope.com)