Very excited by what i stumbled across

On monday i was in the office re-arranging some vintage magazines when i came across something that excited me no end.

What i stumbled across was a 1936 brochure celebrating the diamond jubilee of Elys department store in Wimbledon. Documenting the first 60 years of its history and some of the fashions of the day which were on offer.

It was so i nteresting to find a little bit of my local history down in Hampshire. I know there are some of local friends *ahem Ellie Budd* who may be interested by this!

There are just a few pics here, but i will upload the whole lot to flickr.

Extreme vintage fair dissapointment

Oh dear. Yesterday i went to the first Judys affordable vintage fair held in Southampton and all i can say is that i was EXTREMELY dissapointed.
I don’t like to rant in blog posts, but i really am going to rant here. So, whilst i understand that 80s and 90s clothing is now seen as vintage ( i own some pieces myself) i hate to go to a vintage fair and see nothing but clothes from this period. Not only that, but poor quality 80s and 90s clothes. I don’t think i have ever seen so much scratchy nylon abd static polyester in my life! I really do wonder a why people would want to buy this stuff. It really was like going to a very bad charity shop!

Not only that, but it was peoples attitudes to the *ahem* proper vintage on offer. There were a few nice 50s cocktail dresses prices between £60 and £100 which are perfectly fair prices, yet people were turning their noses up at them, claiming they were too expensive.

This is the problem with vintage fairs selling cheap 80s and 90s rubbish. They just feul our addiction to fast fashion even further, yes by buying this rubbish again you are keeping garments off the landfill BUT it encourages the fashion industry to produce yet more cheap synthetic rubbish to replicate the “style”!

I actually felt a little upset that i had even bothered to wear my nice 50s dress.

To be honest i came away feeling like my sunday would have been better spent hunting out bargains at a bootfair, rather than crammed in a stuffy hall with a lot of pretentious idiots!

Some of my favourite things

Whilst on placment with the museums service i have had the opportunity to view some amazing things. Recently i photographed a large number of 1950s pieces.
Here are a few of my favourite pieces.

A late 1950s Horrockses dress

A 1950s Frank Usher silk dress

A 1950s Rembrandt printed cotton sundress

Also i urge anyone interested in fashion history to take a look at the excellent on line resources provided by Hampshire Museum Service