Swishing about in a Horrockses

I am currently VERY briefly back in Hampshire (I was doing a tres exciting photoshoot for which i will reveal details about soon).

Anyway…this afternoon, considering I had an ENITRE CASE of Horrockses with me i thought, what better opportunity is there to take lots of pics of me swishing about in one of my all time favourite dresses?

You can read more about this c.1958 Horrockses dress here

And the bike is my Mums latest acquisition(which i am currently trying to persuade her to “donate” to me) it is a 1950s Raleigh.

Book review: Fashion sourcebook-The 1920s

I love a good book. Whether it be fiction or non fiction there is nothing better than an afternoon snuggled on the sofa reading.
One of my recent purchases was Fashion sourcebook: 1920s by Emmanuelle Dirix and Charlotte Fiell.
WOW what a book! I’ve had this book for about three months but finishing my degree has finally given me the opportunity to browse it properly and it really is showstopping. Not only is this book beautiful throughout but it also contains interesting and insightful information in it.
I’ve just highlighted a few of my favourite images here.

(apologies for the rubbish quality of the images, the book was too big to go my scanner and scan properly!)

The great thing about this book is that it doesn’t just use the standard 20s stock images you see from Vogue. Almost all of the images come from the Fiell archive and I doubt in the whole (over 500 page) book there are more than 20 images I have seen before. Every time you turn the page it is a visual feast of Deco glamour with both original illustrations and photographs from the period. Included in the book is daywear, eveningwear, lingerie, shoes, hats and lesiurewear.
This book also has wide ranging appeal. Great for fashion history enthusiasts but also an excellent t resource for those interested in fashion illustration and fashion students too.
So yes, go out and buy this!!!
A 1930s sourcebook will also be available in June.

A chance to see me in a dressing gown…and vintage up for sale

I’m going to start this post with a rather amusing image.

Yep. Me in my dressing gown.
So, my housemates have been saying to me everyone should see the real you and how you ACTUALLY are.  Here I am in my full tramptastic glory , complete with 90s boybandesque hair as I have been for the past few weeks due to the stresses of my degree (they call the pajamas underneath my naked seal pajamas for understandable reasons). But now, with it over in just 2 days time (yes 2 days!!!) I finally feel that I can return to normal and dress like a real human being again.

This is what I wore on Wednesday on my first attempt at “human being” (you can remember how to put on make up and look like a girl Liz…you can!!!) This outfit consists of one of my many late 50s Blanes dresses a 70s jacket that is actually part of a suit (see the full suithere) and my all time favouirte pair of Office shoes. I love this outfit and felt SO good in it. It was such a relief to get dressed properly again!
Anyway, my real reason for posting is because I am currently in SELL SELL SELL mode. I recently found out that I got a place at the Royal College of Art to do a masters in history of design, but that means I actually need some money and henceforth large chunks of my vintage collection MUST go. (Don’t worry the Horrockses are ALL safe).
I have a few bits of ebay at the moment, and will be continuing to list over the coming weeks and months. I’ve got some really sensational 50s ballgowns, bold printed 50s dresses, 30s evening gowns and more handbags than you can shake a stick at. So do keep a look out and like my page on facebook which I will be updating with all new listings.
These are just a few of the things I have up at the moment (the link below should take you straight to the listing)

                                                         novelty print skirt

Amazing 60s Rayne shoes (to find out more about the importance of Rayne you can read one of my old blog posts)
To see all of my current ebay listings (there are quite a few lovely pieces at the moment) click here